The ICO is the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals. The work of the office is varied and includes influencing information rights policy, writing guidance, enforcing the law and offering advice to organisations and the general public.
The technology department is involved in all aspects of work across the organisation. It is central to monitoring and understanding the technology landscape and ensuring information rights regulation keeps pace with technological advancements. It engages with influential organisations within the digital economy, Government, civil society and in the academic world. It also develops policy and practical initiatives that help protect the public.
The work of the ICO’s technology department is interesting and rewarding. It has recently engaged in cutting edge research. Its current focus is on COVID-19 contact tracing, privacy-preserving machine learning and the design of a safer internet for young people. AI is also a priority area, including Project Explain and the AI Auditing