|There is no ‘Soft’ option; the ICO will come down ‘Hard’ on non-compliance|
The Information Commissioner’s Office is warning business leaders that transparency with customers is fundamental if they want to succeed in the digital economy. A new code of practice has recently been launched by the ICO which sets out how organisations should explain to people how they’re using their personal information. It follows an ICO survey which found that only 1 in 4 adults trust businesses with their information.
The recent Privacy Notices guidance launch reinforces the message set out in Elizabeth Denham’s first speech as UK Information Commissioner that transparency & trust are essential to reputation & innovation in business.
The code of practice is the first piece of guidance published by the ICO that has been written to explain how to comply with both the existing Data Protection Act and the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). EU countries must comply with the GDPR from 25 May 2018 (i.e. BEFORE Brexit is likely to happen)