ICO, Ofcom statement on online safety and data protection collaboration

01/05/2024 | ICO

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) and Ofcom, the regulator for communications and online safety, have issued a joint statement about their collaboration on the regulation of online services where online safety and data protection overlap. These areas are referred to as Collaboration Themes and include default settings and geolocation settings for child users, as well as assurance. 

The statement builds on the previous joint statement published in 2022 and outlines the areas of collaboration between the two organizations. The ICO and Ofcom will identify and monitor issues of common interest, pursue more effective joint regulatory collaboration, and disclose information between themselves. They will also periodically evaluate the effectiveness of the methods to improve cooperation. 

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