ICO is offering its expertise to help organisations develop applications

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is offering the chance for organisations to draw upon their expertise and seek advice on mitigating risks and ‘data protection by design’, whilst ensuring that appropriate protections and safeguards are in place.

The beta phase of the Sandbox, which is now open to applications, is free for approximately 10 organisations, across a number of sectors. The ICO will consider applications from start-ups, SMEs and large organisations, across private, public and voluntary sectors. Sandbox participants may become use-cases from which the ICO anticipates change and develops public guidance and resources on compliance.

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“Thousands of organisations are working on projects using personal data to transform the way we live and work,” said Simon McDougall, Executive Director for Technology and Innovation at the ICO. “We want to support this innovation whilst helping ensure that the products and services under development are compliant and deliver benefits to the public.

“Our Sandbox will provide the environment that organisations need to test new concepts and technologies. The lessons we learn together may identify more fundamental questions with broader implications for data protection, and could ultimately inform the development of new guidance or codes of conduct in particular sectors to pave the way for further innovation.”

Applications must be submitted to applysandbox@ico.org.uk no later than noon on Friday 24 May 2019. Further details on the Sandbox, its benefits, eligibility criteria and the application process can be found via the Guide to the Sandbox on the ICO website.

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Andrew Ross

As a reporter with Information Age, Andrew Ross writes articles for technology leaders; helping them manage business critical issues both for today and in the future