Scottish Government agrees to raise data protection standards

27/02/2023 | ICO

Following an investigation from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), the Scottish Government has agreed to implement a number of improvements to raise data protection standards. The ICO's recommendations include the following:

  • Conducting a data discovery exercise to identify how data is being used across departments.
  • Identifying data protection risks in new projects.
  • Training information asset owners in data protection.
  • Strengthening data security measures.

Head of ICO Regions Ken Macdonald said, "Raising data protection standards encourages public trust and confidence in their services and ensures people’s data is handled appropriately. We will be working with the Scottish Government to ensure they continue to meet their data protection obligations."

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