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UK Information Commissioner’s Office Launches Consultation on Privacy Seal Program

Posted in European Union, Privacy Regulation

Written by Susan Foster, Solicitor England & Wales/Admitted in California

 (LONDON) The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is accepting comments from the public on a proposed UK privacy seal program.  The deadline for comments is October 3, 2014.

The ICO intends to endorse at least one privacy seal program in 2015.   Privacy seal programs are voluntary privacy frameworks (such as TRUSTe, BBBOnLine and WebTrust) that are run by third party organizations.   The ICO is seeking UK-specific programs and has articulated various requirements for such programs.  The draft criteria and consultation document are available on the ICO website.