ICO warns against using spreadsheets in FOI responses

28/09/2023 | ICO

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has recommended that public organisations stop using original source Excel spreadsheets when responding to Freedom of Information Act (FOI) requests. The announcement follows several personal data breaches that occurred after personal information was mistakenly included in spreadsheets shared in response to FOI requests. In addition, the ICO recommended that public organisations provide continual training to staff involved with disclosing information and avoid using spreadsheets with hundreds or thousands of rows. Instead, they should invest in data management systems that support data integrity.

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