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ICO publishes reports from data sharing sandbox


Mark Say Managing Editor

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The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has produced a series of reports on projects on road safety, violence reduction and improving rented housing through data sharing.

They are the final three to emerge from the beta phase of its data sandbox programme to support the development of data products and services that have a demonstrable public value while complying with data protection rules.

One has been led by tech company Tonic Analytics under the direction of the police and Highways England, with the aim of enabling intelligence led actions to reduce the number of people injured in road accidents and the incidence of crime associated with road use.

Name the Galileo Programme, it has been focused on the application of advanced analytics on big data sets and more efficient data sharing between public and private sectors.

The second project, led by the Greater London Authority, has involved using its SafeStats multi-agency data platform to support the work of the Violence Reduction Unit, which is taking a public health approach to the issue. As part of the work it needs to better understand how public health and social services can be managed to reduce crime, with a focus on early intervention.

The third has been a private rented housing quality pilot led by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and focused on the Blackpool area. It could not be completed due to the pandemic but the ICO has produced a set of recommendations for future consideration.

Chris Taylor, head of assurance at the ICO, said the reports on the projects will be included in its review of the beta phase and inform its future work on data sharing.

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