The ICO urges heads of organisations and government departments to sign up to the Personal Information Promise, to demonstrate their organisation’s senior level commitment to data protection.
What is the Personal Information Promise?
The Promise is intended to help strengthen public trust and confidence in the way organisations handle their personal information. It is a clear statement from the very top of an organisation that it values the personal information entrusted to it and will put the appropriate resources in place to look after it. It also sends a clear signal to the workers in the organisation about the importance of looking after people’s personal information and that this is something taken very seriously at senior level.
Blayze Ltd Personal Information Promise
I, Dr Edward Bliss, on behalf of Blayze Limited promise that we will:
- value the personal information entrusted to us and make sure we respect that trust;
- go further than just the letter of the law when it comes to handling personal information, and adopt good practice standards;
- consider and address the privacy risks first when we are planning to use or hold personal information in new ways, such as when introducing new systems;
- be open with individuals about how we use their information and who we give it to;
- make it easy for individuals to access and correct their personal information;
- keep personal information to the minimum necessary and delete it when we no longer need it;
- have effective safeguards in place to make sure personal information is kept securely and does not fall into the wrong hands;
- provide training to staff who handle personal information and treat it as a disciplinary matter if they misuse or don’t look after personal information properly;
- put appropriate financial and human resources into looking after personal information to make sure we can live up to our promises; and
- regularly check that we are living up to our promises and report on how we are doing.