The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) announced that Stephen Almond has become its new Director of Technology and Innovation.

He joined the organization from the World Economic Forum, where he has worked with governments and technology companies to promote an agile, innovation-friendly approach to regulation.

Prior to that, he spent two years as Head of Strategy and Innovation at the Better Regulation Executive in the Department of Economic Affairs, Energy, Industry and Strategy, where he led the team that developed the UK White Paper Regulating the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Simon McDougall, ICO Deputy Commissioner for Regulatory Innovation and Technology, said: “I am delighted to have Stephen join the ICO’s technology team. His experience so far will be invaluable as the ICO works to support a safe and thriving digital economy in the UK.

“The department is central to ensuring that information rights regulation is keeping pace with technological advances. The team continues to grow and I want to encourage anyone with a technological background to visit our recruiting pages. “

The ICO’s Directorate of Technology and Innovation recently worked on projects such as tracking Covid-19 contacts, maintaining privacy with machine learning, and creating a safer internet for young people.

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