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.