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.

We commission research to provide us with a deeper understanding of data protection and freedom of information, and how they affect you. Details of our reports to Parliament and other reports are also included in this section.

The research may not reflect the ICO’s views or policies (and we cannot guarantee its accuracy), but is intended to help us understand the nature and range of matters we may need to address and it may inform our decision making. It may also be used to help us create relevant policy, guidance and information to address current issues of concern.