A privacy at work conference is to be held next month to try and resolve on-going confusion over the data protection code.
The privacy at work section of the code is intended to provide recommendations for good practice, which employers will need to follow if they are to comply with the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act and the human rights and data protection acts.
Iain Bourne, strategic policy manager at the Information Commission said the conference was effectively part of an extended consultation for this section of the code because it was clear from the responses the commission has so far received that employers need more guidance on the issue.
“We were expecting this. What we did was put a marker down and see how people responded. If everyone had been happy then we would have issued this section of the code. Hopefully the conference will help us produce a better product and one which is going to used and understood,” he said.
The conference will be held in Manchester on June 28 and will include presentations by employment law specialists, employers and the TUC.
Bourne said the final privacy at work code of conduct will be issued in a number of different sections covering areas such as recruitment, record keeping and monitoring and will be published towards the end of the year.