By Greer Schick, Online and Internal Communications Manager.
For regular visitors, these are the sections where you might notice the biggest changes.
I’d like to encourage you to explore the site, see how you get on, and send us your feedback. It’s important to us that we continue to improve ico.org.uk based on the needs of users.
Our main aim was to make it easier and faster for people to exercise their information rights and for organisations to meet their obligations.
Users told us that they valued the advice and guidance on ico.org.uk. They were also particularly interested in the action we’ve taken to help organisations comply, mainly so they could learn from others’ mistakes.
We’ve maintained and migrated all our content to the rebuilt site, but we’ve made it easier to get to, and do things with it, in a number of ways.
We’ve added a new horizontal navigation on every page of the site. There’s also more of a ‘homepage feel’ to the main landing pages in each of the sections. These promote content that sits deeper in the site, helping you get to it faster, with fewer clicks.
We’ve made some structural changes, grouping together more content that covers a similar theme to further simplify the site. For example, our data protection guidance, including the guidance on each principle and the codes of practice, is now all accessible from one place, the Guide to data protection. (We’ve also added a built-in search to each of our guides to the legislation.) And, a new section, ‘Action we’ve taken’, is a clear signpost to all the action we have taken to help organisations comply with their obligations. It includes all types of enforcement action, our decision notices and reports from our audit and advisory visits.
Organisational users told us that they often wanted sector-specific information, including any specific relevant guidance we’ve produced, and any recent enforcement action. This is one of the areas that’s now much more prominent on the redesigned ‘For organisations’ page. For practitioners, we hope that you find these pages a useful ‘one stop shop’ to find the latest activity in your sector.
There are a few pieces of new functionality. One I’ll mention here is the ability to apply filters in some of our lists, for example where we list our monetary penalty notices, prosecutions, enforcement notices and undertakings, so that you can view the content in ways that suit you, eg by type or date. In response to feedback, we are also planning to add the ability to filter by sector.
We hope you like the changes. Please tell us what you think by posting a comment below.
|Greer Schick has responsibility for the Information Commissioner’s Office’s online presence, including the ICO website and intranet.|
Last updated 11/12/2014 11:00