The UK’s ICO launches public consultation on employment practices


The ICO has announced plans to replace its existing guidelines on employment practices with a more user-friendly online resource. The new resource is broken down into specific topics such as recruitment and selection, employment records, worker monitoring and information on worker health.

In particular, the new guidelines should:

  • Address the changes in data protection law,
  • Reflect on changes in the way employers use technology and interact with employees, and
  • Meet the needs of the people who use the ICO’s advisory products.

To this end, the ICO has launched a public consultation to gather views on these and related issues.


The ICO has prepared a survey to be completed by those who wish to participate in the consultation. Submissions can be made by answering an online survey or by filling out and returning a Word document by email or post.

The deadline for replying is midnight on Thursday October 21, 2021.

Next Steps

The ICO intends to base its new guidance on the feedback received during the consultation process. All interested parties, such as employers, professional associations, recruitment agencies, labor dispute settlement bodies, workers, volunteers, workers and employment technology solution providers are encouraged to respond.

The feedback from these interested parties is crucial as it has a direct impact on the final documents and helps ensure that the guidelines are tailored and relevant.

If you are interested in advice, you can:

  • You can access the online survey here or
  • Here you get to the Word document