ICO awarded funding to provide data privacy expertise for other UK regulators

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has been awarded funding to provide data privacy expertise for other UK regulators to ensure that 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 to build-in data protection by design and have the confidence to create innovative products and services.

The funding is part of the £10 million Regulators’ Pioneer Fund from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy designed to support 15 unique projects run by UK regulators that will use new and emerging technologies, including Artificial Intelligence and robotics, to drive forward innovation and improve efficiency in the public sector.

Chris Taylor, an ICO head of assurance who’s leading the Regulators’ Business and Privacy Innovation Hub project, said: “Privacy and innovation go hand in hand. The Gub will reflect the ICO’s own enhanced focus on innovation and desire to support business innovation and, ultimately, help us to achieve our fundamental strategic goal which is to increase the public’s trust and confidence in how their personal data is used.”

Taylor added: “Data protection by design has been around for a long time and, although it’s now the law, it’s not a barrier to innovation. We’re 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 receive that support alongside other innovations regulators are developing.”

Business Secretary Greg Clark announced the funding awards on Friday 5 October.

All applicants for the fund have been invited to join a new ‘Regulators’ Innovation Network’, a group run by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to encourage the sharing of Best Practice and help forge new partnerships among regulators, Government and industry, in turn ensuring that the regulatory system encourages innovation and remains simple for businesses to comply with.

The Regulators’ Business and Privacy Innovation Hub will work alongside the ICO’s Regulatory Sandbox as 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. For further information send an e-mail to: hub@ico.org.uk

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