The Information Commissioner has told BBC Radio 4's Today that there was no "blanket ban" on publishing names in reports if disclosure was in the public interest.
Christopher Graham said:
There's no blanket ban under the Data Protection Act that would deal with a situation like this.
If there's an overriding public interest in the names being in the public domain then you shouldn't pray in aid the Data Protection Act, it just looks like a get out.
Parents of a baby girl, who died at one-day-old, have said they are "sickened" they were not told of earlier failings at Furness Hospital.
The health watchdog has named the individuals accused of allegedly covering up its failure to investigate at a Cumbria maternity unit.
Cynthia Bower has been named as one of the individuals allegedly involved in the hospital deaths inquiry 'cover-up'.