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 for your sector? We've produced a set of guides that are sector specific. See the list on the right.

Data Protection Act

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

Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations

If you wish to contact potential or existing customers with electronic marketing, find out what you need to do to comply with the Regulations.

Freedom of Information Act

If you are a public authority you have a legal obligation to make official information available. Find out what you need to do here.

Environmental Information Regulations

Find out what you need to do to comply with the Regulations concerning environmental information.

Useful items

  • News and events

    Find out the latest news on data protection and freedom of information.

  • Notification

    Do I need to notify and how do I maintain my register entry?