The UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.

Our current consultations

On this page you will find details of the ICO's current public consultations and how to submit your comments to us.

Privacy seals: draft framework criteria

A privacy seal scheme acts as a ‘stamp of approval’ highlighting an organisation’s commitment to maintaining good privacy standards. The ICO will be endorsing at least one privacy seal scheme, operated by an independent third party in the UK. The ICO’s endorsement is conditional on the scheme’s operator achieving official accreditation by the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS). The ICO will invite proposals for a privacy seal scheme in the Autumn 2014, with a view to selecting a proposal in early 2015. The ICO is aiming to launch the first round of endorsed schemes in 2016.

This consultation provides an opportunity for organisations to provide their views on the framework criteria that proposals for schemes will be assessed against. This will inform the final version of the framework criteria, which will be published with the invitation for proposals.

Framework criteria document (pdf)
Consultation document (doc)

The consultation closes on Friday 3 October.


How to take part in a consultation

We welcome your responses to our consultations.
Responses must be submitted by the date specified on the individual consultation.

You can submit your responses in one of the following ways:

  • Download the response document and email to
  • Print off the response document and post to:

    Corporate Governance
    Information Commissioner’s Office
    Wycliffe House
    Water Lane
    SK9 5AF

Privacy in respect of consultation responses

Following the end of consultations we shall publish a summary of responses received. Information people provide in response to our consultations, including personal information, may be disclosed in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Data Protection Act 1998. If you want the information that you provide to be treated as confidential please tell us, but be aware that we cannot guarantee confidentiality.