The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published its Technology Strategy for 2018 to 2021. The Strategy, part of the ICO’s focus on adapting to rapidly developing technologies, outlines eight “technology goals” and the measures that will be implemented to achieve them.
Broadly, these goals include increased technology training for the ICO’s staff and appointment of staff with technology expertise, greater public and industry engagement in terms of the data protection risks posed by technology, and engagement with other regulators internationally. It is apparent from the Strategy that the ICO is placing greater emphasis on adapting to the ever-changing technological environment, through increased engagement and enhancement of its technical expertise and technical solutions.
The ICO also commits to publishing further guidance and reports on the use of data protection design by default. This guidance will be “technically feasible and proportionate” and will likely include analysis of the data protection implications of emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.