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This page highlights coverage of our work in the media, as well as providing rebuttals and clarifications of articles and commentary where necessary.

Using domestic CCTV – 17 January 2022

Our director Suzanne Gordon talked about domestic CCTV and video doorbells on BBC Morning Live. You can watch it on BBC iPlayer from 10 minutes into the 17 January programme broadcast.

Our advice for the public is to keep it simple: limit what you film to your house boundaries, turn off the audio, and delete it when you don't need it anymore.

We have more guidance to help you if you have CCTV at home.

Downing Street lockdown parties - 14 January 2022

Stories about Downing Street lockdown parties continue to run in the news including The Guardian, Independent, Mail Online and Evening Standard.

We’ve highlighted the rules around not deleting emails or texts that may be relevant to answer a Freedom of Information request.

Our full response:

An ICO spokesperson said:

“It is an important principle of government transparency and accountability that official records are kept of key actions and decisions.

“Relevant information that exists in the private correspondence channels of public authorities should be available and included in responses to information requests received. Erasing, destroying or concealing information within scope of a Freedom of Information request, with the intention of preventing its disclosure is a criminal offence under section 77 of the Freedom of Information Act.”

You can read more information here about official information held in non-corporate communications channels.

Response to concerns around virtual reality headsets - 12 January 2022

You may have read stories in the media recently about Meta’s Oculus virtual reality headsets and concerns around the way children can use them. Our Children’s code aims to protect children’s privacy online.

Here’s our full response.

An ICO spokesperson said:

“Online services and products that use personal data and are likely to be accessed by children are required to comply with the standards of our Children’s code.

“We are planning further discussions with Meta on its children’s privacy and data protection by design approaches to Oculus products and virtual reality services.

“Parents and children who have concerns about how their data is being handled can complain to us at the ICO.”

For more information on our Children’s code visit ico.org.uk/childrenscode.