The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has today published the results of a survey completed by local councils at the end of last year, along with a blog highlighting guidance available to help councils achieve compliance with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Anulka Clarke, ICO Head of Good Practice, said “The overarching conclusion from our analysis of the survey results was that, although there is a lot of good practice out there, with GDPR coming in May 2018, many councils have work to do to prepare for the new GDPR.  Just today the ICO fined Norfolk Council for a data breachinvolving social work files. We will issue fines where necessary but we’d much rather work with councils to help them prevent data security incidents. That’s why we undertook this survey, to find out where the problems are, and why the ICO will be on hand in the run up to May 2018 to help councils in their GDPR preparations.”

The new GDPR sets high standards for organisations when it comes to the privacy of personal data. Having the right staff and procedures in place will be key to ensuring councils look after personal information properly and comply with the new rules.