European Data Protection Digest

ICO Offers Informal Audits

DATA PROTECTION—UK

January 6, 2012

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has introduced informal advisory visits for small to medium sized businesses, charities, not-for-profit organisations and public authorities seeking improvement ideas on their data protection practices, reports the Field Fisher Waterhouse Privacy Law Blog. The ICO has indicated it will put a priority on audits of organisations it considers high-risk, but the informal visits will provide lower-risk organisations with access to the ICO's good practice team. Each visit is one day; focuses on security, records management and requests for personal data, and includes a subsequent report on the ICO's findings and ideas for improvements.
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