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10 Nov 2020

ICO publishes detailed guidance on subject access requests

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On 21 October 2020 the ICO published their detailed guidance on subject access requests (“SARs”) following a consultation that began in December 2019 (which we’ll refer to as the “new guidance”).

A SAR is a request from an individual for a copy of their personal data. For employers, SARs can become a time-consuming and expensive exercise.

Whilst the new guidance does not change the underlying law it does provide some useful direction for employers, which should serve to simplify and clarify how to respond to SARs. We’ve summarised the key points in this e-alert.

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