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ICO Opens Consultation on Audit Policy

DATA PROTECTION—UK

February 16, 2012

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has opened a consultation on proposed changes it has made to its code of practice on mandatory data protection audits, Out-Law.com reports. Government departments are subject to mandatory audits when the ICO issues assessment notices, a power granted to the authority under the Data Protection Act. Its revised code of practice states that government departments would have six weeks to agree to an audit within an accepted timeframe before an assessment notice would be issued. The ICO will issue a notice if it has reason to ensure that a department has taken appropriate measures to comply" with previously mandated changes to its privacy practices.
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