ICO Blog: What’s next for data ethics?

Jun 22nd '21

In November 2019 Simon McDougall blogged about the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) appointing Ellis Parry as our first data ethics adviser, to lead our participation in the lively debate about where the GDPR’s legal principles and purely ethical considerations overlap, separate and potentially even conflict.


The global pandemic has thrown this debate into sharper focus, with ongoing innovation around personal data usage at every stage of the crisis. What is a ‘right’ and ‘fair’ purpose and means of processing has become a fundamental, and sometimes time-critical, question. The first goal of our Information Rights Strategic Plan – to increase the public’s trust and confidence in how data is used and made available – is more relevant than ever.


During the pandemic, Ellis paused his work on data ethics to […] Read more…


Source: ICO. Author: Simon McDougall


About the author:

Simon is Executive Director for Technology Policy and Innovation at the ICO where he is developing an approach to addressing new technological and online harms. He is particularly focused on artificial intelligence and data ethics.


He is also responsible for the development of a framework for auditing the use of personal data in machine learning algorithms.


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