The chairman of the PCC has said Ryan Giggs should have gone to them to prevent his name being revealed as that of the footballer alleged to have had an extramarital affair.
Baroness Peta Buscombe said the details could have remained private if only he had asked them instead of a High Court judge.
The PCC chief made the comments after Lib Dem MP John Hemming revealed in the House of Commons that Giggs was the footballer at the centre of a privacy row.
During a BBC TV discussion she said the PCC would have told editors not to publish material about the footballer if he had approached the watchdog.
She said: “We deal with privacy all the time… if he [Giggs] had come to us – as people do every day – to ask us to stop information being published, we have an almost 100 per cent success rate in that.”
“We stop the press. If we think they’re interfering with people’s privacy where the bar of public interest has not been met, we stop them.
“The whole point about the PCC is we’re a fast, free service for the public and we are more active on privacy issues every day of the week than the courts… many more people are using us than are going to the courts.”