Data Protection and Coronavirus


***Data Protection and Coronavirus***

At this unusual time, it is likely that Members’ offices will be receiving a higher number of calls and emails and you may have some questions around communicating with your constituents during this unprecedented health crisis. The ICO have released some guidance which you may find it useful to refer to at this time:

ICO: Data Protectiona and Coronavirus

If you have questions that are not answered in this document, please contact Emma Fyles (Members’ Support Officer, IRIS team) on x2580 or at

There is also a wealth of data protection guidance available here:

Data Protection for Commons Members and their Staff

Alternatively you can contact the ICO by calling their helpline on 0303 123 1113.

New MP? Make sure you register with the Information Commissioner.


Congratulations on being elected/re-elected to Parliament!

One of the most important things you must do right away is to register with the Information Commissioner.  It’s really easy to do, by going to their website here: and select ‘Elected representative’ from the drop-down list.  It will cost you £35 to register.

You can find lots of useful information about your rights and obligations under the Data Protection Act on the intranet here: