UK ICO publishes new code of practice on privacy impact assessments

By Belinda Doshi

On 25 February, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) published its updated code of practice on conducting privacy impact assessments.

The code is essential reading for all businesses and other organisations in the UK. In brief, it sets out the data protection and wider privacy issues that should be considered when planning new projects. The code follows a public consultation carried out last year.

Privacy impact assessments (PIAs), as their name suggests, are a valuable risk management tool for identifying and minimising privacy risks. By ‘privacy’, the ICO means both individuals’ physical privacy and data privacy…

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