Insights Information Commissioner’s Office launches data analytics toolkit

The ICO is urging all organisations considering using data analytics on personal data to look at its new toolkit.

The ICO says that it is vital that data protection is built in from the start when using data analytics to process personal data. This is not only the law, but it is a crucial step to gaining public trust and confidence in the technology and how an organisation is using people’s data.

The ICO’s new toolkit takes organisations through some of the key data protection points they need to think about from the outset of any project they are planning to undertake involving data analytics and personal data.

The toolkit is part of the ICO’s AI priority work. The ICO has produced two pieces of guidance on AI: (i) explaining decisions made with AI, produced in partnership with the Alan Turing Institute; and (ii) guidance on AI and data protection. The new toolkit builds on these two foundational pieces and is designed to assist organisations to navigate the challenges arising from AI systems to individual rights.