United Kingdom – The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has created a toolkit for organizations running projects that focus on the use of data analytics on personal data.

The toolkit is intended to serve as a starting point for developing policies and procedures for applying data analytics to personal data and is intended for companies beginning a data analytics project.

The ICO toolkit asks questions to determine the legal system under which you are processing data, then asks questions broken down into four topics: legality, accountability and governance, privacy principles, and data subject rights.

Once these questions are answered, the toolkit generates a report with advice tailored to the data analysis project in question. The toolkit is anonymous and no responses are visible to or kept by the ICO.

The toolkit is part of the ICO’s priority work on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and follows two previous releases on AI and personal data – the explanatory decisions made using AI guidelines developed in partnership with the Alan Turing Institute, as well as guidelines on AI and data protection.

The ICO said: “It is important that privacy is built in from the start when data analytics are used to process personal data. Not only is this the law, it’s a critical step in building public confidence in the technology and the way your company uses people’s data. “