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Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)

The Information Commissioner’s Office also known as ICO is a public authority based in the UK.

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What does ICO do?

The ICO’s main purpose is upholding information rights within the UK. This includes informing citizens about their rights and handling their official complaints. The ICO also notifies and advises companies.

On the ICO’s website you can find official information about the privacy laws and regulation in the UK. On the other hand, the ICO does not exist only to help companies, but to make sure companies operating in the UK are compliant to the GDPR laws and ePrivacy Directives.

It is no secret that the ICO has filed some astonishing fines. Such as the Marriott International’s fine worth £99 million for a breach in privacy laws and the fine notice for British Airways for £183.39 milion for not complying with GDPR. The two mentioned fines are on the more expensive end of the spectrum but they are no exceptions. Becoming legally compliant in all aspect can be complicated and complex. Companies can make mistakes in cookie solutions and privacy policies and not be aware of it.

Is ICO important for your business?

It is quite important track news and updates of ICO if your business is based in or operates in the UK. However, information available on the ICO website can prove helpful for any given business, especially the ones within the EU. Additionally, the ICO provides information clearly and regularly, which might not be the case in other countries. Moreover, other countries might have different GDPR focused laws. Knowing what to do to become compliant with GDPR and ePrivacy Directives can become stressful and complicated for companies outside of the UK. But it does not have to be.

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