To effectively protect the UK public’s personal information in a digital global environment, the ICO needs to co-operate and act internationally. This International Strategy seeks to enhance privacy protection for the UK public.
Information Commissioner’s Office
International Strategy 2017-2021
To effectively protect the UK public’s personal information in a digital global
environment, the ICO needs to co-operate and act internationally. This
International Strategy seeks to enhance privacy protection for the UK public.
Recognising that the ICO needs to be agile in an ever-changing world, it will be
regularly reviewed and updated in response to new challenges and opportunities.
This international strategy supports our 2017 Information Rights Strategic Plan.
Part one sets out the main challenges we face and their associated priorities.
Part two covers ICO structure and resourcing, engagement and evaluation.
Part one: Challenges and priorities
Challenge 1: To operate as an effective and influential data
protection authority at European level while the UK remains a
member of the EU and when the UK has left the EU, or during
any transitional period.
As the UK prepares to leave the EU, the formal relationship between the ICO and
EU data protection authorities will change. Our relationship with our EU partners
will remain highly important, including with the European Data Protection Board
(EDPB) which will operate from May 2018 and on which the ICO will remain
active and engaged until the UK’s exit. In overseeing the enforcement of the
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) from 2018, and issuing guidance, the
EDPB will be a highly influential global player in setting the direction for data
protection and privacy standards.
The strategy recognises that our direction on many of these challenges will often
be driven by the outcome of the negotiations between the UK and the EU. Our
priorities are designed to be compatible with a range of scenarios and enable the
ICO to respond flexibly to different circumstances.
In 2017, the Secretary of State, Karen Bradley, and the UK Minister responsible
for the digital economy, Matthew Hancock, made sever