The Information Commissioner has published his Privacy by Design report.
Despite more than 20 years of data protection legislation in the UK and efforts to encourage the adoption of privacy friendly technologies and ways of working, progress has been disappointing and data protection and privacy safeguards are often bolted on as inadequate afterthoughts rather than built into new developments from first principles.
With the current drive for increased information sharing, large centralised databases and increasing use of biometrics, the ICO sees the concepts at the heart of ‘privacy by design’ as helping ensure that essential safeguards against potential unwarranted risks to individuals’ information and privacy are put in place in new developments. The ICO wants to try to help bridge the current gap in both the public and private sectors.
The Privacy by Design report is the first step in this process. It explores the barriers to good privacy practices, what can be done to remove those barriers, and how privacy can be embedded in every stage of the systems lifecycle.
The report, and its supporting materials, can be downloaded here.
[Declaration of interest: The Enterprise Privacy Group team wrote the Privacy by Design report]