European Data Protection Digest

ICO To Publish Guidelines for Journalists

DATA PROTECTION—UK

February 21, 2013

The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) would like input from media organisations on its planned code of practice for journalists on the processing of personal data, reports Out-Law.com.  “The purpose of the code will be to advise journalists and publishers how to comply with the Data Protection Act and about how to handle personal data in ways which are consistent with the principles of the Act,” the ICO said, stating it does not intend to “set ethical standards for journalists.” The announcement comes on the heels of the Home Office accepting recommendations by Lord Justice Brian Levenson regarding law enforcement requests of materials from journalists which Information Commissioner Christopher Graham previously said would hamper investigative journalism.
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