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.

Whilst things are now starting to return to normal, the ICO recognises that some organisations still have some COVID measures in place to keep people safe. Data protection law enables you to maintain these measures and handle people's data appropriately. Our six data protection steps for organisations sets out the key principles organisations need to consider around the use of personal information.

And the ICO is still here to help – please see below for answers to the questions we’re being asked. If you need more help, call us on 0303 123 1113.

Regulatory approach

The ICO’s regulatory approach during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Testing

This section contains guidance for employers and organisations that are planning on asking people if they have experienced COVID-19 symptoms or are planning to introduce testing.

Surveillance

This section contains guidance for employers and organisations that are planning on using CCTV, thermal cameras or other surveillance methods as part of testing or ongoing monitoring of staff.

Case studies: disclosing information for contact tracing

This section provides information for organisations that:

  • collect data for their own purposes;
  • aren’t required or encouraged by government to collect personal data to assist a contact tracing scheme; and
  • are concerned about whether they can disclose data to contact tracing schemes.

Collecting customer and visitor details for contact tracing

This section provides advice for organisations that are required or encouraged by government to collect and retain customer and visitor information, for a limited time period, for the purposes of a COVID-19 contact tracing scheme in accordance with government guidelines. 

Vaccination and COVID pass checks

This section contains guidance for employers and organisations on collecting, storing and sharing personal information related to the COVID-19 vaccine.