For organisations

For organisations

Advising you on your responsibilities and obligations

All public and private organisations are legally obliged to protect any personal information they hold, and may be required to notify with the ICO. Public authorities are also obliged to provide public access to official information. The ICO is here to help you understand these obligations and keep you updated as and when they change.


Need guidance on a specific issue?

See the topics on the right for guidance on a specific issue. Or, visit our document library for a list of ICO guidance. You can also request copies of our publications, view our decision notices, or find out whether you need to notify with us under the Data Protection Act.


Data protection guide

If you handle personal information about individuals, you have a number of legal obligations to protect that information. Find out more here.

Freedom of information guide

Members of the public can ask for information held by any public authority. It’s their right, but what do you need to know in order to comply with your legal obligations?

Useful items

  • Decision notices

    Want to find a particular decision notice? Use our dedicated search engine.

  • Document library

    Full details of all the legislation we oversee, corporate plans, annual reports and more...

  • Notification under the Data Protection Act 1998

    If your organisation processes personal data, you may need to notify with us. Find out how to notify with us as a data controller under the Data Protection Act.