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.

Data protection and journalism: a guide for the media

In the report of the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press, Lord Justice Leveson recommended that the ICO should, in consultation with the industry, issue comprehensive guidelines and advice on appropriate principles and standards to be observed by the press in the processing of personal data. Our draft data protection guide for the media responds to that recommendation. It covers the Data Protection Act as it currently stands – any proposed changes to the law would be for the government to consider and take forward separately.

We ran a short consultation last year on proposals for the form, scope and structure of our guidance. A summary of the responses to that consultation was published, and the responses informed the development of our draft guide.

We are now consulting on the content of the draft guide itself to gather the views of the media, non-media stakeholders and the public. These views will inform the final published version of the guide.

Consultation response document (Word)
Consultation response document (PDF)

Draft – Data protection and journalism: a guide for the media (PDF)

This consultation will close on 22 April 2014.


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.