The Info Commissioner’s Workplace (ICO) has created a toolkit for police forces to help information safety in analytics tasks.
It comes from a mission in one of many ICO’s precedence work areas to discover the usage of analytics in legislation enforcement.
The toolkit, which retains customers nameless, takes them via information safety factors they want to consider from the outset of any tasks.
It asks questions to determine the legal regime under which the data will be processed, then others under four themes: lawfulness, accountability and governance, data protection principles and data subject rights. Users can request more information on every issue.
After the questions have been answered the toolkit produces a report with tailored advice for any projects.
The ICO said that complying with the recommendations is not a guarantee of compliance with the law, and that users should also ask their organisation’s data protection officer for advice.
ICO director Anthony Luhman said: “We want to help police forces get this right and our toolkit is designed to do that. We recognise data analytics is a new and complex area and this toolkit is just one of the ways the ICO is helping organisations as part of its AI priority work.
“Any innovation that relies on personal data must make the time to consider data protection – it’s the law but it’s also a vital step to gaining public trust and confidence in the technology and how you are using people’s data.”
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