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.

(A copy of the transcript can be found here)

On 14 July 2022 our new strategic plan - ICO25 was published. The plan sets out:

  • why our work is important;
  • what we want to be known for and by whom; and
  • how we intend to achieve this by 2025.

It describes our purpose, objectives and values and the shift in approach we aim to achieve through the life of this plan.

The environment in which we work is complex, fast moving and ever changing. ICO25 helps us to understand and describe our priorities, enabling us to make informed choices about the action we take and the interventions we make. It has been informed by extensive stakeholder consultation and the responsibilities we have been given by Parliament.

ICO25 vision

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What does it mean to me?

For the organisations we regulate, we know how important clarity and certainty are to help you to plan and innovate. ICO25 gives clarity about the risks and opportunities we believe need our most urgent attention and where we intend to focus our efforts, both for the long-term and in terms of our priorities for the next 12 months.

For members of the public, ICO25 demonstrates how we are working in your interests, and how we will protect and empower you to engage with society and the economy. We know feeling safe and confident in how your information is being used is critical to this and ICO25 explains how we will do this for everyone.

For our teams, ICO25 describes why we are here, what we want to achieve and how we want to achieve it. This makes sure the work we do together is focused on the right things, we can all share a clear purpose for our work and we’re working as one ICO. It informs the decisions we make, the work we prioritise and the way we work.

We are currently consulting on the ICO’s purpose, objectives and performance measures, as described in the plan.

You can have your say via our call for views.

How was the plan created?

We conducted a six month long listening exercise in early 2022 to hear direct from businesses, organisations, people and ICO about their experiences of working with the ICO.

You can find out more about the listening tour in the visual overview below.

(A copy of the transcript for the video about the listening tour can be found here).