ICO outlines strategic approach to regulating AI

30/04/2024 | ICO

In February,  the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, Michelle Donelan, sent a letter to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) requesting an update on the regulator's artificial intelligence (AI) strategy. On Tuesday, 30 April, the ICO answered by publishing a detailed consultation response. 

In its response, the ICO explained that its regulatory approach towards AI focuses on foundation models and other high-risk AI applications, including facial recognition technology and biometrics, along with the risk AI poses to children. 

The ICO highlights the similarities between the principles of data protection law and those contained in the AI Regulation White Paper, and that as part of its work, the ICO offers a range of support, advice, and guidance to help organisations apply data protection law to AI. The ICO is currently consulting on various aspects of generative AI and will shortly be launching a consultation on biometric classification. 

While its record on enforcement is limited in this area, the ICO points towards its £7.5 million fine issued to Clearview AI (currently under appeal) and, recently, an enforcement notice issued to Serco Leisure

The ICO also explains its work with other regulators, such as being a founding member of the Digital Regulation Cooperation Forum (DRCF).

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