Updated SARs guidance is useful in light of ICO's use of reprimands

02/06/2023 | Pinsent Masons

Pinsent Masons write that the updated subject access requests (SARs) guidance from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is particularly helpful for employers dealing with SARs in the context of employment disputes. Considerring the received over 15,000 complaints related to SARs during April 2022 and March 2023, it's fair to assume organisations need help understanding the nature of SARs and their obligations in responding to them. Failing to respond to SARs on time, if at all, can lead to fines or other enforcement actions, especially now that the ICO is increasing its use of formal reprimands for non-compliance with SARs. The guidance also clarifies that employers cannot refuse SARs simply because of ongoing tribunal proceedings or a grievance process.

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