BRAIN FOOD: Webspace rules - Web sites face data-handling blitz

BRAIN FOOD: Webspace rules - Web sites face data-handling blitz - If you have a web site that captures user data in any shape or form, now is a good time to smarten up your data-handling practices. Whether you require full user registration or simply prov

by IAN JEFFERY, a partner of Lewis Silkin Solicitors:ian.jeffery@lewissilkin.com
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

If you have a web site that captures user data in any shape or form, now is a good time to smarten up your data-handling practices. Whether you require full user registration or simply provide a return e-mail address, you could get caught up in the biggest ever review of UK web site compliance.

The Information Commissioner has ordered a review of the way web sites deal with personal information and how they break the law. This could set the basis for future enforcement action.

Although most corporate sites have some type of privacy policy, we can expect examiners to lift the hood on e-businesses and in some cases meet those responsible for the underlying systems. But choose your counsel wisely. The Information Commissioner has already issued a public warning about businesses looking to exploit managers' ignorance of the rules.

So visit the Commissioner's site - before her people visit yours.

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