The Information Commissioner has also given a speech introducing the plan and priorities and saying that he wants an “ICO that empowers”.
The ICO has set out its new strategic plan, “ICO25”. The three year plan sets out the ICO’s regulatory approach and priorities. It points out that the UK government intends to make changes to the UK data protection regime midway through the life of the plan. This includes the intention to introduce a new constitutional governance model for the ICO.
The ICO25 plan sets out how the ICO will regulate and prioritise work over the next three years. The accompanying action plan setting out the focus for the year ahead includes details of work focused on empowering people, including:
The plan also emphasises the importance of certainty and flexibility for business, announcing a package of actions with the aim of helping save businesses at least £100 million across the next three years. To achieve this the ICO will:
The report sets out support for the public sector, including a revised approach to public sector fines. In practice, this will mean an increased use of the ICO’s wider powers, including warnings, reprimands and enforcement notices, with fines only issued in the most serious cases. It also proposes the creation of a cross Whitehall Senior Leadership Group to drive compliance and high standards of information across government departments.
The report also includes the ICO’s commitment to supporting the development of modern freedom of information, including prioritising FOI complaints and a greater emphasis on dispute resolution around complaints. The ICO is consulting on the draft plan until 22 September,