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ICO launches new Data Protection Strategy

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is launching a consultation on its new Data Protection Strategy to set out how it will achieve best practice.

The strategy, being launched at the Privacy Laws & Business 20th annual conference in Cambridge today, is concerned with maximising ICO’s long term effectiveness in bringing about good practice.

It explains how the ICO will focus its data protection resources on situations where there is the greatest risk of harm through improper use of personal information.

Launching the strategy, David Smith, deputy commissioner, said: “Our vision is of a society where respect for personal information is guaranteed.”

Organisations processing people’s personal details must comply with the Principles of the Data Protection Act. Failure to comply with the Act means there is a greater risk that individuals’ personal information is not held securely, is inaccurate or out of date. The ICO will focus its attention on situations where there is a real likelihood of serious harm.

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