Unauthorised use of ICO logo

Dr S Davies made this Freedom of Information request to Information Commissioner's Office

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Dear Information Commissioner’s Office,

I am am concerned that organisations are using the ICO logo to add spurious credibility to their data protection policies. I would like to ask how may UK organisations are allowed to use the ICO logo, and is there a publicly available list produced by the ICO which indicates which organisations can legitimately use the logo? How may organisations have been asked to stop using the logo by the ICO over the past two years to date (3 June 2018)? Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Dr S Davies

AccessICOinformation, Information Commissioner's Office

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29th June 2018

 

Case Reference Number IRQ0752078

 

Dear Dr Davies

Thank you for your correspondence of 4 June 2018. We considered your
request in line your rights under section 1 of the Freedom of Information
Act and our response is below.
 
Request
 
“I would like to ask how may UK organisations are allowed to use the ICO
logo, and is there a publicly available list produced by the ICO which
indicates which organisations can legitimately use the logo? How may
organisations have been asked to stop using the logo by the ICO over the
past two years to date (3 June 2018)?”
 
Response
 
Firstly, it may be helpful to explain that our Communications Department
oversees the process of checking and contacting those who use the ICO logo
without permission. A copy of the email they send to those organisations
is attached for your information. We also provide advice on our website
for organisations who want to use our logo, this advice can be found
[1]here .
 
Generally speaking only the organisers of conferences where a member of
staff is speaking are allowed to use the ICO logo. Though additionally to
this, since Your Data Matters was launched on 25 May, we have allowed
organisations who have signed up to the scheme to use certain graphics
which may contain the logo. This is conditional upon them signing up to
the scheme and promising to abide by the terms and conditions.
 
We do not publish a list of organisations allowed to use the logo of the
ICO. We do however hold information going back to February 2018 on the
number of organisations who requested to use our logo, a total of 18, no
request was granted. For the same period, we have written to 12
organisations regarding the misuse of the ICO’s logo using the template
attached. Additionally, from January 2016 we’ve handled 75 enquires about
the use or misuse of the ICO logo.
 
Finally, if anyone brings to our attention that our logo might be misused
on a website, a sign or a leaflet, we do contact the organisation and ask
them to stop using it.
 
I hope our response is helpful.
 
Yours sincerely
Iman Elmehdawy
Information Access Service Manager
 
Records and Information Management
Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire SK9 5AF
For information about what we do with personal data see our [2]privacy
notice
 
 
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