The ICO is looking for a Senior Policy Officer to join the Digital Economy Team (DET) within our Innovation Department. The DET leads the ICO’s policy-level engagement with some of the world’s largest online platform providers, including Facebook, Google and Amazon. These platforms are a part of everyday life for a significant majority of UK citizens, and the DET takes a proactive approach to addressing the data protection and privacy issues arising from the ever increasing volume of social and professional activity taking place in digital and connected environments.
This is an exciting opportunity to help us shape how the information rights practices of large multi-national technology companies impact the lives of the UK public.
About the ICO
The ICO is the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.
The ICO’s work is interesting and immensely rewarding – it is of national importance and increasingly in the public eye. We are at the forefront of information rights policy development, providing direct advice to the public, and enforcing the UK’s data protection and freedom of information laws. We hold a unique position as a regulator across the whole of the private, public and third sectors.
About the Innovation Department
The Innovation Department is responsible for leading the ICO’s work on the privacy and data protection issues arising from new and innovative uses of personal data. It deals with some of the most high profile issues of the day, from the increasing amount of personalisation and profiling taking place in online environments, to the assessment of risk when deploying new and novel technology. The department plays an important role engaging with government, regulators, industry, and leading academics. Our role is to influence stakeholders and support innovators taking a data protection by-design approach to the development of new products and services.
Degree educated or equivalent, you will have a strong interest in information rights, privacy, and the development of the digital economy. Ideally, you will have existing knowledge of data protection law, although we are equally open to applications from those who can demonstrate relevant experience of applying similarly complex legislation and the ability to adapt quickly. Past experience of working within a regulatory or internet focused environment would be an advantage. In addition, you will need to be able to demonstrate significant relevant experience in a policy, legal or stakeholder engagement role.
You will need to be a clear and confident communicator both in writing and in person, with the ability to engage with and influence stakeholders at a very senior level.
Applications must be submitted by 23:59 on Tuesday 18 August 2020.
Please note if you are appointed to work with the ICO you will be required to complete security clearance processes. These include identity and qualification checks and a Basic Disclosure level check of unspent criminal conviction
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