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The Information Commissioner is calling for views on data protection and employment practices to help us shape our upcoming guidance products.

We previously published detailed employment practices guidance, including the employment practices code, supplementary guidance and the quick guide. Much has changed since we published our guidance both in terms of data protection law and the way everyone works.

We are planning to replace our existing guidance with a new, more user-friendly online resource with topic-specific areas. We want to make sure that our new guidance addresses the changes in data protection law, reflects the changes in the way employers use technology and interact with staff and meets the needs of the people who use our guidance products.

The Commissioner is seeking input from relevant stakeholders, including employers, professional associations, those representing the interests of staff, recruitment agencies, employment dispute resolution bodies, workers, volunteers, and employees, as well as suppliers of employment technology solutions. We will use the responses we receive to inform our work in developing this resource. Where we use the term ‘worker’ in this call for views, we are referring to employees, contractors, volunteers, gig and platform workers – as all of these relationships will be covered by our guidance.

There are two ways to participate in the survey. You can either complete the online survey or fill in the Word document which has the same information.

If you choose the second option, please email your response to Alternatively, you can print off the document and post to:

Employment Practices Call for Views
Regulatory Assurance
Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane

If you would like further information on the call for views, please email us at

Please send us your views by midnight on Thursday 28 October 2021.

Privacy statement

For this call for views we may publish the responses received from organisations or a summary of the responses. We will not publish responses from individuals. If we do publish any responses, we will remove email addresses and telephone numbers from these responses but apart from this we will publish them in full. Please be mindful not to share any information in your response which you would not be happy for us to make publicly available.

Should we receive an FOI request for your response we will always seek to consult with you for your views on the disclosure of this information before any decision is made.

For more information about what we do with personal data please see our privacy notice.

Please note that for the online survey we are using the platform Snap Surveys to gather this information. Any data collected by Snap Surveys for ICO is stored on UK servers. You can read their Privacy Policy here.