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(1)Information obtained by the Commissioner in connection with any of the Commissioner's functions may be disclosed by the Commissioner to any public body or office-holder (in Scotland, in any other part of the United Kingdom or in a country or territory outside the United Kingdom)—
(a)for any purpose connected with the carrying out of any of the Commissioner's functions; or
(b)for the purpose of enabling or assisting the public body or office-holder to carry out any function.
(2)Information disclosed by the Commissioner under this section to any body or office-holder must not be further disclosed except—
(a)for a purpose connected with any function of that body or office-holder; and
(b)with the consent of the Commissioner.
(3)Consent under subsection (2) may be given—
(a)in relation to a particular disclosure; or
(b)in relation to disclosures made in circumstances specified or described in the consent.
(4)Any person may disclose information to the Commissioner if the disclosure is made for the purposes of the carrying out of any of the Commissioner's functions.
(5)A disclosure under this section does not breach—
(a)any obligation of confidence owed by the person making the disclosure; or
(b)any other restriction on the disclosure of information (however imposed).
[F1(6)Nothing in this section requires or authorises the disclosure of any information relating to a particular investigation carried out by the Commissioner on the direction of the appropriate prosecutor in pursuance of paragraph (b) of section 33A (unless the appropriate prosecutor consents to such disclosure).]
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