It has recently been announced that the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has joined the UK Regulators Network (UKRN). The UKRN, which also includes the Financial Conduct Authority, Ofcom and the Civil Aviation Authority in its 11-strong membership, aims to bring together regulators from the utility, financial and transport sectors for the benefit of consumers and the economy.
UKRN's Chair, Jonathan Oxley, said "we look forward to working with the ICO to bring the benefits of data to consumers, while ensuring they remain protected", and the ICO's James Dipple-Johnstone said "our membership of UKRN will allow us to seek out opportunities and encourage strategic thinking with the network to promote learning, consistent guidance and standards".
This is an illustration of increasing cooperation between regulators – something we have previously highlighted. The Memorandum of Understanding that ICO and UKRN have entered into actively promotes information-sharing, and it will be interesting to observe whether further examples of regulatory action will arise from such closer working.