UK ICO consults on new code of practice for privacy impact assessments

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has opened a consultation on a new draft code of practice for conducting privacy impact assessments. The consultation and code is open until 5 November 2013. The draft code will replace the current ICO privacy impact assessment handbook.

The draft code is essential reading for all data controllers (those who determine the purpose and manner of personal data processing). This is because privacy impact assessments are rapidly becoming a vital tool in any data controller’s data protection compliance programme.

This importance will only increase when the new General Data Protection Information Technology Regulation comes into force. This is currently expected to be some time in 2016. Data protection impact assessments (as they are known in the current draft of the regulation) will then become a mandatory legal requirement…

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