ICO urges firms to get privacy seals

ICO urges firms to get privacy sealsThe Information Commissioner’s Office has used Data Protection Day to wax lyrical about the imminent launch of its privacy seal programme, which is likely to be a mandatory requirement under the EU data reforms.
The regulator first revealed proposals to endorse at least one privacy seal being operated by a third-party in September last year as part of plans to support companies which maintain good data protection standards.
Its endorsement is conditional on the scheme’s operator achieving official accreditation by the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS).
The Market Research Society launched its Fair Data kitemark for data handling in 2013, while the DMA has had its DataSeal in place since 2010. Developed in conjunction with British Standards Institute, DataSeal claims to be the only recognised standard for information security management systems other than ISO:27001.
The ICO scheme will operate in a similar manner to these, as well as the British Standard Institute’s Kitemark, by being awarded to organisations that demonstrate that they are not only meeting, but also surpassing, the requirements of the Data Protection Act when it comes to looking after people’s information.
They are likely to be seen as an endorsement of outstanding practice rather than simply another feather in the cap for data companies.
And Gemma Farmer, a senior policy officer at the ICO, is in little doubt about their credibility. She said: “There is wide support from legislators and the public for the creation of an ICO privacy seal. One thing’s for sure… your customers will soon be looking out for them.”

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