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Privacy seal of approval
Adam Rose
03 September 2014

Privacy seal of approval

The Information Commissioner has launched a consultation on the proposal that it endorse at least one independent 'privacy seal' scheme.  A privacy seal scheme is an independent 'stamp of approval' of an applicant organisation's commitment to maintaining good privacy standards.

The idea is that an independent, approved body will (in turn) grant approval, by way of a seal, to organisations that meet certain privacy and data protection standards.

The ICO consultation, which closes on 3 October, invites comments on the proposals around the criteria to be used in assessing applicants to become privacy seal providers. 

The framework criteria requires that the scheme:

  • Must be new, and not a rehash of an existing scheme
  • Addresses processing in the UK
  • Is consumer facing
  • Is focussed on a particular product or service
  • Has a clear target audience – both as to organisations that would be certified, and who the relevant data subjects are

If readers are interested in commenting as part of the consultation, please contact Adam Rose.


Consultation document: Consultation document (doc)

Framework criteria: Framework criteria document (pdf)