ICO cases go back to 2005
According to data released by the Information Commissioner's Office, until a few weeks ago he was still investigating 75 complaints made to him as long ago as 2005. The ICO has revealed this table in response to a freedom of information request from the BBC.
The oldest complaint still being examined dates back over three years to 21 March 2005 and concerns Leeds City Council.
The public authority which has the most 2005 cases still outstanding is the Cabinet Office. Two other bodies with several cases in the list are the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and the BBC. For all three organisations this may at least partly reflect the detail and complexity of legal arguments under consideration.
A few of the cases listed have been closed since this table was compiled at the end of January, such as this BBC one decided last month, but the vast majority of the 75 are still working their way through the ICO's processes.