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.

ICO statement following the Lord’s Committee on Democracy and Digital Technology’s report ‘Digital Technology and the Resurrection of Trust’.

Elizabeth Denham, Information Commissioner, said:

“The report Lord Puttnam and his committee have published is a welcome contribution to important conversations around the role digital technology has in all of our lives.

“In particular, I am pleased to see an acknowledgment of how integral personal data is in this debate. Data can shape the posts and messages we see and the political advertisements we are shown. Any discussion of online harms must include consideration of the personal data processing that fuels algorithms and profiling.

“On the back of our investigations into the use of personal data in micro targeting of political advertising, we produced guidance on the use of data in campaigning. We continue to work with other regulators and government to find a balance between encouraging change in the online world and requiring compliance with the law.”