The UK Information Commissioner’s Office publishes guidance on privacy-enhancing technologies (PET).

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) published draft guidance on privacy-enhancing technologies (“PETs”) on September 7, 2022, with the intent of “helping organizations unlock the potential of data by implementing a data protection by design approach.” PETs are technologies designed to assist organizations in sharing and using individuals’ data in a responsible, legal, and secure manner, including minimizing the amount of data used and encrypting or anonymizing personal information.

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The ICO’s draft guidance on PETs describes the advantages and different types of PETs that are currently available, as well as how they can assist organizations in complying with data protection law. For instance, the guidance describes the advantages and disadvantages of using synthetic data to train large models. This guidance is part of the ICO’s draft guidance on anonymization and pseudonymization, and the ICO seeks feedback to help improve the final guidance.

Available Resources

ICO publishes guidance on technologies that enhance privacy (Sept. 7, 2022)

ICO – Chapter 5 on PET anonymisation

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