ICO bids to promote data protection and privacy research with grants programme

Written by Sooraj Shah on 8 June 2017 in News
News

Grants of up to £100,000 available for eligible organisations

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has launched a grants programme which it hopes will promote data protection and privacy research in the UK.

The UK’s data watchdog will award a number of grants each year – with a minimum grant of £20,000, and a maximum of £100,000. 

The programme aims to increase awareness of privacy-enhancing solutions with data controllers across the UK; advance the understanding of how individuals view privacy issues; and improve interactions with new technologies.


Related content


Its other objectives are to promote better public awareness, promote uptake and application of research results by relevant stakeholders including policy makers, and develop existing privacy research capacity in the academic and not-for-profit sectors.

The ICO said that the proposals did not need to be technology-based but must have a practical application and provide "real world solutions" that are of clear benefit to the UK public.

The bid for grants should meet one or more of the five strategic goals set out in the ICO’s Information Rights Strategic Plan – a plan which aims to promote trust for the public.

The five goals are: to increase the public’s trust and confidence in how data is used and made available; to improve standards of information rights practice through clear, inspiring and targeted engagement and influence; to maintain and develop influence within the global information rights regulatory community; to stay relevant, provide excellent public service and keep abreast of evolving technology; and to enforce the laws that the ICO helps to shape and oversee.

“This year we are seeking privacy by design or accountability solutions which focus on key privacy challenges or the privacy implications of new technologies such as big data, artificial intelligence, machine learning, social scoring and blockchain,” the ICO said.

“We are also interested in projects that address the privacy challenges related to children and the internet,” it added.

Share this page

Tags

Categories

CONTRIBUTIONS FROM READERS

Please login to post a comment or register for a free account.

Related Articles

Parliament to recruit director of information security
2 September 2022

Cabinet Office, ONS and DWP also seek senior security technologists

Parliament shuts down TikTok account after MPs raise concerns app is ‘Chinese government spyware’
4 August 2022

Campaign led by Wealden MP results in closure of account with video-sharing platform

National Archives plans digital service for officials to access sensitive records
22 September 2022

Organisation seeks support with design and delivery of prototype platform

Brexit: ‘No known data breaches’ of EU citizens’ digital status since programme launch, minister claims
20 September 2022

Home Office databases have not been compromised, according to Tom Pursglove