ICO Consultation on the Notification Process

November 1, 2012

Data controllers who process personal data are generally required to notify the Information Commissioner and have a description of their processing published on a public register (see the Data Protection Act 1998, s 16). The current approach to the register is to ask data controllers to describe their processing using standard definitions which reflect what they do. The ICO states that it is trying to improve the process – to make it easier for those who need to notify and to make the public register itself more helpful and accessible. The consultation concerns the changes they propose to achieve this. 

The consultation closes at 5pm on 30 November 2012. The consultation document is available via http://www.ico.gov.uk/about_us/consultations/our_consultations.aspx