The ICO carries out a targeted self assessment programme aimed at promoting good personal data protection practice within sectors where there are lots of small organisations. So far, we have focussed our attention on raising awareness of data protection in schools and helping them to better understand the practicalities of complying with data protection legislation.
 
Working with nine different local authorities in England and Wales, we asked over 400 schools to complete a data protection questionnaire. The ICO then used the results of the questionnaire to produce a report indicating areas for improvement and areas of good practice, and giving practical advice on the application of the Data Protection Act.