A blog by Elizabeth Denham, Information Commissioner.
Last month, as the ICO set out its regulatory approach during the COVID-19 pandemic, I spoke of the importance of regulators applying their authority within the larger social and economic situation.
The document we published that day made clear what organisations can expect of us in the coming months.
My office’s role is to be both an enabler and a protector. We must reflect the requirements and reality of those we regulate, and engage on how data protection can enable innovation that can respond to the pandemic. And the onus is on us to provide that expertise and input at pace.
And we must also protect people’s privacy. We have always been clear of the importance of privacy protections, which are a part of modern life we must not lose.