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Personal information online code of practice

July 7, 2010

Organisations that flout privacy online risk a double whammy of enforcement action by the Information Commissioner’s Office and the loss of trust from customers. In a major speech on privacy protection today, Christopher Graham, the Information Commissioner, appealed to businesses, charities and public bodies to be straight with consumers so that people know why their personal information is being collected, how it will be used and who else may end up seeing it.

Launching the ‘Personal information online code of practice’ – the first guidance document of its kind – Christopher Graham said: “The benefits of the internet age are clear: the chance to make more contacts, quicker transactions and greater convenience. But there are risks too. A record of our online activity can reveal our most personal interests. Get privacy right and you will retain the trust and confidence of your customers and users; mislead consumers or collect information you don’t need and you are likely to diminish customer trust and face enforcement action from the ICO.”

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2 comments

  1. This is long overdue, but I think it will take a while before organizations begin to respect people’s personal information instead of treating it like a commodity.

    Check out the “Personally Identifiable Information” training on this page:

    http://iase.disa.mil/eta/index.html


  2. Excellent link! Thank you! Well Done…



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