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.

'Openness by Design' 2019-2022

This strategy sets out the Information Commissioner’s priorities over the next three years for the access to information legislation they regulate. The strategy relates to their powers and duties under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000, the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) 2004, and the Reuse of Public Sector Information Regulation 2014.

Information rights strategic plan 2017 - 2021

This strategic plan sets out the Information Commissioner's mission to increase the trust the public has in government, public bodies and the private sector: trust in transparency, in the digital economy and in digital public service delivery.

Our strategic approach highlights a commitment to:

  • lead the implementation and effective oversight of the GDPR and other live data protection reforms;
  • explore innovative and technologically agile ways of protecting privacy;
  • strengthen transparency and accountability and promote good information governance; and
  • protect the public in a digital world.

Technology Strategy 2018-2021

The Technology Strategy seeks to develop and enhance technical knowledge and understanding at the ICO and to ensure we effectively communicate these to both organisations and individuals. It explains our eight technology goals and how we intend to achieve them.

International Strategy 2017 - 2021

To effectively protect the UK public’s personal information in a digital global environment, the ICO needs to co-operate and act internationally. This International Strategy seeks to enhance privacy protection for the UK public. Recognising that the ICO needs to be agile in an ever-changing world, it will be regularly reviewed and updated in response to new challenges and opportunities. This international strategy supports our 2017 Information Rights Strategic Plan.

Innovation plan

Our innovation plan details how we will ensure our approach to regulation will support innovation. 


Capacity and Capability Plan

This strategic plan sets out how the ICO will ensure we have the right culture, people, processes and infrastructure in place to deliver against our strategic objectives and clearly defined priorities.