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ICO Releases Data Sharing Guidelines To Protect Consumer Privacy

The Information Commissioner’s Office has published a set of guidelines that instructs businesses and individuals on how to share and use data without violating data and privacy laws.

The ICO said that the Data Sharing Code of Practice, which was drafted back in October, comes with real-life examples of data sharing and a few additions that would assist public and private sector companies in remaining compliant with data laws.

The data protection watchdog said that businesses following the guidelines will run a low risk of exposing data inadvertently, which could result in hefty fines imposed by the ICO or other regulatory bodies.

The ICO also said that adhering to the guidelines, which are based on the Data Protection Act, will assure customers that their information is being handled appropriately.

“It reflects the constructive comments we received during the consultation period, meaning that we can be confident that it not only makes sense on paper but will work in the real world. It would encourage all businesses and public bodies that share personal data to get to grips with the code without delay so they can be sure they are getting it right," said Information Commissioner Christopher Graham The Guardian reports.