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The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is producing an online resource with topic-specific guidance on employment practices and data protection. We are releasing our drafts of the different topic areas in stages and adding to the resource over time. A draft of the guidance on recruitment and selection is now out for public consultation.

The draft guidance aims to provide practical guidance about how to comply with data protection law when carrying out recruitment exercises and to promote good practice.

We also intend to produce additional practical tools (such as checklists) to go alongside the guidance to help support employment practices.

Before drafting the guidance, the ICO issued a call for views between August and October 2021. This sought input from relevant stakeholders including:

  • employers;
  • professional associations;
  • those representing the interests of staff;
  • recruitment agencies;
  • employment dispute resolution bodies;
  • workers, volunteers, and employees; and
  • suppliers of employment technology solutions.

The call for views helped to inform our work in developing updated employment guidance. You can view a summary document of the responses on our website.

We are also seeking views on an impact assessment summary for this guidance. Your responses will help us to understand more about the potential impact of the guidance.

The public consultation on the draft guidance and impact assessment summary will remain open until 5pm on 5 March 2024.

The ICO welcomes feedback on the specific questions set out in the consultation. We may not consider responses submitted after the deadline.

Responding to the consultation

You can respond to this consultation in the following ways:

  1. Complete the Smart Survey – please include your email address in the box at the end of the survey if you are happy to be contacted about any of your responses to our draft guidance or impact assessment.
  2. Download the Word document and either email your response to [email protected], putting ‘Recruitment and selection consultation response’ in the email subject, or print off the document and post to:

Employment Practices Guidance Team
Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Cheshire SK9 5AF

If you would like further information on the consultation, please email the team at [email protected].

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For this consultation we may publish the responses received from organisations or a summary of the responses. We will not publish responses from individuals acting in a private capacity. 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.

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