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 will update this page to highlight and link to new and blogs about the Sandbox.

July 2021

The ICO's regulatory sandbox has re-opened, with a new area of focus for 2021-22 on products and services exploring the use and deployment of innovative technologies, such as privacy-enhancing technologies and distributed ledger technologies.

We are still welcoming expressions of interest on innovations related to complex data sharing, particularly in the areas of health, central government, finance, higher and further education or law enforcement.

March 2021

The final three reports from the beta phase are published, from Tonic AnalyticsGreater London Authority and MHCLG. Read our latest blog post.

February 2021

Blog: Supporting Novartis to improve patient care during the pandemic

December 2020

Supporting NHS COVID-19 vaccine research in the pandemic.

November 2020          

The next two reports from participants in the regulatory sandbox are published, from Onfido Limited and Future Flow Research Inc.

August 2020

The ICO's regulatory sandbox re-opens, with children’s privacy and data sharing in focus.

July 2020

The first two reports from participants in the regulatory sandbox are published, from JISC and Heathrow Airport Limited.

March 2020

A six month review of the Sandbox by Ian Hulme, Director of Regulatory Assurance at the ICO.

July 2019

The first participants are selected. 

March 2019

The ICO opens the beta phase of the sandbox

January 2019

New film sets out how organisations can benefit from ICO Sandbox and ICO opens up for intentions to apply.

November 2018

ICO analyses the initial responses to regulatory sandbox project.

September 2018

Chris Taylor, a Head of Assurance at the ICO, blogs about how organisations can help us shape our regulatory sandbox.