The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has launched the second round of funding from its grants programme to promote and support independent, innovative research and solutions focused on privacy and data protection issues.

In particular, ICO is seeking privacy by design or accountability solutions which focus on key privacy challenges, providing clear public benefit with outputs that are open source and re-usable.

Examples of areas of interest include:

  • Artificial intelligence, big data and machine learning. In particular solutions that would enable effective transparency to individuals or verifiable audit trails.
  • Biometric and facial recognition and data protection safeguards in public and private sector.
  • Children’s data, age verification and parental consent verification solutions.
  • Data trusts and the safe sharing of personal information.
  • Good practice, GDPR compliance and self-assessment tools for Small and Medium Organisations.
  • Privacy enhancing applications of blockchain and distributed ledger technology that enhance privacy and accountability and minimise use of personal data.
  • Online advertising, cross device tracking and tools that provide revocable consent and transparency.

Proposals do not need to be technology based but must have a practical application and provide real world solutions that are of clear public benefit to the people of the UK.

Academic institutions, civil society groups, trade and industry associations and organisations can apply for grants of between £20,000 and £100,000.

Commenting on the second year, Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said:

“Information Rights are evolving all the time and it is fair to say that a lot has happened since we launched the inaugural grants programme a year ago.

“The introduction of the GDPR and the new Data Protection Act 2018, along with high-profile cases and incidents, have meant that privacy issues and concerns about how people’s personal information is used have probably never been more prominent.”

The deadline for applications is 17 August 2018 (5pm).

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