In a new blog post, the ICO has reminded organisations of the need to have policies and procedures in place to allow individuals who have changed their name or gender to assert their data protection rights. Organisations should provide an efficient and secure means for individuals to change their personal details and consider whether it is necessary to retain records of former name and gender. The ICO stresses the importance of getting these issues right first time to avoid damage and distress.

ICO blog – October 2014