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Organisations are increasingly looking to innovate by using technology which often involve novel and untested ways of using personal data. If done correctly, organisations can create a business advantage. If proper procedures are not followed (resulting in inadequate privacy protections), the consequences for an organisation can be disastrous. In order to bridge this gap, the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) has proposed a new ‘regulatory sandbox’ to work more collaboratively with organisations.

On 6 September 2018, the ICO called for ‘evidence and initial views’ to understand the feasibility, scope and demand for a ‘sandbox’. The consultation process, which includes a series of questions, will end on 12 October 2018.