The ICO exists to empower you through information.

Our current key areas of focus:

Emerging technologies including:

  • Central bank digital currencies (CBDCs)
  • Commercial use of drones
  • Consumer healthtech
  • Decentralised finance
  • Genomics
  • Immersive technology and virtual worlds
  • Neurotechnologies
  • Next-generation Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Next-generation search
  • Personalised AI
  • Quantum computing

If your innovation does not involve one of the above emerging technologies, then you should consider applying to the Sandbox in relation to:

Emerging technologies

Emerging technologies advertise significant opportunities to make our lives easier, safer, more comfortable, efficient and fun. They also present a range of risks that may harm people’s privacy and their trust in these technologies, if they are not addressed as the technology develops.

The ICO’s Regulatory Sandbox aims to support the innovation of organisations working with emerging technologies, and to help them prevent such harms to people’s privacy. The lessons learned in the Sandbox can support the ICO’s commitment to developing views on emerging technologies that will ultimately help to reduce the burden on businesses.

The Regulatory Sandbox’s key areas of focus are the following emerging technologies:

We are interested in working with innovative projects involving the above emerging technologies within any sector.

Exceptional innovations

We also welcome innovations that do not use the above emerging technologies but display an exceptional level of innovation. For example, a data processing activity that is not yet established in any industry or a novel use of an existing innovative technology. There should be qualitative and quantitative evidence that the innovation is likely to be transformative.

You can apply to enter the Regulatory Sandbox here.