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Views for new data protection guidance

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has launched a survey to obtain the public’s view of its new data protection and employment practices guidance and products, which will cover areas such as recruitment and selection, employment records, monitoring workers and information on the health of workers. The new guidance is intended to replace the ICO’s existing guidance, such as the current employment practices code, supplementary guidance and quick guide (which have not been updated since the introduction of the Data Protection Act 2018).

The ICO are hopeful that the new guidance will assist staff and employers dealing with personal data to comply with current data protection laws. It is hoped that the guidance will reflect how working life has changed over recent years, including the impact of technological advancements such as artificial intelligence on the decision-making process for worker, and the COVID-19 pandemic resulting in the increase of hybrid working and access to health data.

The ICO are seeking a number of views on the new guidance and the deadline for responding is midnight on 21 October 2021.