The UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.

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The Information Commissioner has published her response to the National Data Strategy (NDS) which aims to harness the opportunities and address the challenges presented by the rapid development in data driven technologies. The ICO’s response to the NDS focusses on our view of the role data protection and the flexible regulatory framework will play in the successful roll-out and delivery of the strategy’s ambitions, helping to secure trust from citizens and consumers.

The Commissioner recognises the importance of the proposed NDS, the drivers that sit behind it and the outcomes it is seeking to achieve. The Commissioner supports the missions and pillars set out in the strategy. This response seeks to highlight how data protection can enable innovation, and how high standards and accountability can play a crucial role in its delivery.