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 responsible use of personal data and the ability to access official information are rights enjoyed in over 100 countries around the world. In an increasingly digital world, these are issues which transcend national borders and thus benefit from global cooperation by regulators.

The Information Commissioner has an international team responsible for engaging with data protection and information regulators all over the world. By working internationally, the International Engagement Team supports colleagues across the ICO office with developments in public policy, new approaches to supervision, and advice on cross-border investigations or complaints. In short, the international team works to ensure that the ICO’s regulatory and other priorities are appropriately reflected in international discussions and agreements, and that the ICO is sighted on thinking in other parts of the world.

We also support key Government policy aims on issues such as the new EU-UK relationship negotiations and how data and data protection are considered in new bi- and multilateral trade agreements.

Finally, by our work in organisations such as the OECD, the Council of Europe and the Global Privacy Assembly, we lead and influence work on the interoperability of global data protection regimes.