On 10 September 2020, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) published its beta-phase “Accountability Framework” (“Framework”). The Framework is designed to assist organisations, of any size and across all sectors, in complying with the accountability principle under the GDPR and in meeting the expectations of the ICO.
The Framework will help those within organisations who are responsible for implementing data protection compliance strategies. The ICO envisages that organisations will use the Framework in conjunction with other relevant guidance and materials available from the ICO. The ICO emphasises that each organisation must be mindful of its own circumstances when managing data protection risks, and that a “one size fits all” approach should not be adopted.