Personal information online
More and more people are conducting their personal affairs online. Online shopping, social networking, job hunting and the ability to carry out ‘official’ functions, such as renewing car tax or contacting local councils and government departments online, are now an everyday part of life.
Personal information online code of practice
The personal information online code of practice was launched in July 2010 following an extensive consultation process. The code explains how the Data Protection Act applies to the collection and use of personal data online. It provides good practice advice for organisations that do business or provide services online.
The code explains the privacy risks that may arise when operating online, and suggests ways for organisations to deal with them. It stresses the importance of treating consumers’ information properly, and being transparent about how their information is used.
The code covers topics including online marketing, operating internationally, and applying individuals’ rights in an online environment. It applies equally to the public and private sectors.
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Small business checklist
We have produced a checklist specifically for small businesses. If you run a small business with an online presence, this checklist will help you to adopt best practice when processing your customers’ information.
Download the small business checklist
Protecting your personal information online
This leaflet will help people to understand what can happen to the information they provide online.
It explains what they can do to protect their information, guard against identity fraud, and ensure that their privacy is respected.