Information Commissioner's Office
New ICO hub to support innovation
The ICO has been awarded funding to provide data privacy expertise to other UK regulators to ensure rules and regulations keep pace with technologies of the future.
The £537,000 grant to the ICO will establish a Regulators’ Business and Privacy Innovation Hub this month, which will work in partnership with other regulators to provide expert support to businesses in information privacy and data protection – helping them build-in data protection by design and have the confidence to create innovative products and services.
It’s part of the £10m Regulators’ Pioneer Fund from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, will fund a total of 15 unique projects run by UK regulators that will use new and emerging technologies, including AI and robotics, to drive forward innovation and improve efficiency in the public sector.
Chris Taylor, an ICO Head of Assurance, who is leading the hub project said:
“Privacy and innovation go hand in hand. The hub will reflect the ICO's own enhanced focus on innovation and desire to support business innovation and ultimately help us achieve our fundamental strategic goal which is to increase the public's trust and confidence in how their personal data is used.
“Data protection by design has been around for a long time, and although it’s now the law, it is not a barrier to innovation. We are keen for regulators to approach us and see how we can work with them to make sure businesses’ ideas can be developed while ensuring data privacy is considered at the outset and that they get that support alongside other innovations regulators are developing.”
Business Secretary Greg Clark announced the awards on 5th October.
All applicants for the fund have been invited to join a new ‘Regulators’ Innovation Network’, a group run by the Department for BEIS to encourage sharing best practice and to help forge new partnerships among regulators, Government and industry, helping to ensure the regulatory system encourages innovation and remains simple for businesses to comply with.
The Hub will work alongside the ICO’s Regulatory Sandbox a place where organisations and businesses will be supported to develop innovative products and services using personal data in different ways. The ICO is currently calling for views on this as part of a consultation.
Latest News from
Information Commissioner's Office
ICO's blog on its international work11/10/2018 15:20:00
Blog posted by: Christine Ferguson, 10 October 2018.
New data protection self-assessment checklist for sole traders11/10/2018 11:25:00
The ICO yesteray launched a self-assessment checklist that will help sole traders and self-employed individuals to assess their compliance with new data protection laws.
ICO fines firm £90,000 for nuisance emails about pre-paid funeral plans10/10/2018 09:10:00
The Information Commissioner has fined London-based marketing company, Boost Finance Ltd (BFL), a company responsible for millions of nuisance emails about pre-paid funeral plans.
Heathrow Airport Limited fined £120,000 for serious failings in its data protection practices09/10/2018 09:10:00
Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) has been fined £120,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for failing to ensure that the personal data held on its network was properly secured.
ICO statement regarding STS Commercial Ltd03/10/2018 14:20:00
ICO statement given yesterday regarding STS Commercial Ltd.
ICO fines Manchester firm £150,000 for making nuisance calls02/10/2018 12:20:00
A Manchester firm has been fined £150,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for making thousands of nuisance direct marketing phone calls.
ICO statement in response to Conservative Party conference app incident01/10/2018 16:20:00
ICO statement given recently (29 September 2018) in response to Conservative Party conference app incident.
ICO statement in response to Facebook data breach announcement01/10/2018 14:48:00
ICO statement given recently (28 September 2018) in response to Facebook data breach announcement.