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News & Press: December 2019

Welcome from Elizabeth Denham, Information Commissioner

06 December 2019  
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It’s become almost a cliché to talk about the digital world being borderless, but it's nonetheless true: a tap or a swipe on our phones can send our personal data halfway round the world before we realise.

With that in mind, the ICO office needs to be looking beyond their own borders to properly protect UK citizens’ data protection rights. They want to make sure they're at the centre of international conversations on data protection policies and enforcement. 

That includes chairing the international group of privacy and data protection commissioners, now known as the Global Privacy Assembly, and as of this month, chairing the OECD’s Working Party on Data Governance and Privacy. You can read more about that group, and Deputy Commissioner Steve Wood’s appointment, below.

One area of focus for the working group is data ethics, and Elizabeth Denham is pleased this month to announce ICO own appointment in this field. Interpretation of the GDPR is a complex area, and increasingly they see broad ethical questions being raised around how data is being used. Appointing the first data ethics adviser demonstrates the commitment to being more involved in this area, to help uphold information rights in the UK.

A key overlap between ethics and the GDPR is in the accountability provision. The law is clear that organisations must understand the risks they create for individuals when processing their data and mitigate against those risks. We want to support organisations in doing that, and our accountability toolkit will play a big part in that. There’s details on the consultation below.

There’s plenty more to enjoy in this month’s update, including guidance on special category data, a consultation on the SARs guidance for businesses, a consultation on our explaining AI decisions guidance and a new access to information blog. There’s also news that the Age Appropriate Design Code has been submitted to government.

Read the article here.