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.

The ICO’s Technology and Innovation departments deal with some of the most complex privacy, data rights, data protection and emerging technology issues that society faces.

The aim of the group is to make sure the ICO can assess and respond to these developments, and most importantly, to shape the future privacy, data and technology landscape.

We are expanding the team and looking for experts in a range of fields.


  Salary Closing date Location
Principal Technology Advisor - End to End Encryption £49,549 to £63,200 Per Annum 1/12/2021 Wilmslow
Principal Technology Advisor - Privacy Enhancing Technologies £49,549 to £63,200 Per Annum 1/12/2021 Wilmslow
Principal Technology Advisor - AI £49,549 to £63,200 Per Annum 1/12/2021 Wilmslow
Principal Policy Advisors £49,549 to £63,200 Per Annum 1/12/2021 Wilmslow
Lead Technology Officers £29,024 to £32,879 Per Annum 1/12/2021 Wilmslow
Senior Technology Officer - Technology Operations £37,964 to £48,413 Per Annum 1/12/2021 Wilmslow

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Why should I work for the ICO’s Technology and Innovation departments?

The Technology and Innovation departments are central to monitoring and understanding the emerging technology landscape and ensuring information rights regulation keeps pace with technological advancements and innovations. We engage with influential stakeholders within the digital economy, Government, civil society and the academic world. We develop policy and practical initiatives that help protect the public. We also provide advice on how innovative technologies and initiatives can be progressed in a way that embraces a privacy by design and default approach to protect the public The group’s work is high-impact, complex, and at the frontier of advanced technology and policy development.

What skills do I need?

If you have an interest in the role emerging technology plays in ensuring our privacy and human rights are protected, and if you have expertise in areas like those set out below, then we would love to hear from you. We are looking for people with experience in:

  • data science,
  • machine learning, 
  • privacy focused data sharing, 
  • privacy engineering,
  • surveillance technologies,
  • human centric design,
  • innovation support and development,
  • horizon scanning,
  • behavioural analysis and social engineering, 
  • cyber security, 
  • ethics and technology law.