It is easy to think one can 'relax' security and privacy concerns at this time and to take shortcuts in product or software development. After all, if I have no business, why worry about GDPR. This blog from Elizabeth Denham, ICO Information Commissioner, makes the position of the ICO quite clear; even though other projects have been scaled back, their core statutory functions, which include dealing with complaints and investigating data breaches will continue. Not only that, but the ICO is also prioritising areas that may be exploited due to the pandemic. For example, the development and use of AI or other ways that may cross the boundary in terms of surveillance or targeting vulnerable citizens. This is very reassuring to know, that at this time when it is easy for the bastions of data privacy to be easily breached either inadvertently or deliberately, that our privacy is being safeguarded.
While this means some ICO projects are being paused, we will still be maintaining our statutory functions, including dealing with complaints, and investigating data breach reports, as we set out previously.