The ICO’s technology department is looking to recruit individuals who are passionate about protecting and embedding citizens’ rights in a modern data-driven economy.

Why should I work for the ICO’s technology department?

 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 work of the office is varied and includes influencing information rights policy, writing guidance, enforcing the law and offering advice to organisations and the general public.

The technology department is involved in all aspects of work across the organisation. It is central to monitoring and understanding the technology landscape and ensuring information rights regulation keeps pace with technological advancements. It engages with influential organisations within the digital economy, Government, civil society and in the academic world. It also develops policy and practical initiatives that help protect the public.

The work of the ICO’s technology department is interesting and rewarding. It has recently engaged in cutting edge research. Its current focus is on COVID-19 contact tracing, privacy-preserving machine learning and the design of a safer internet for young people. AI is also a priority area, including Project Explain and the AI Auditing Framework.

What skills do I need?

We are happy to hear from anyone who has skills and experience they believe could add value to the work of the technology department. We are particularly interested in hearing from people with a background in the following areas:

UX design

We are looking for UX and HCI specialists, data engineers and product specialists with a background in designing full stack services for children or young adults. We want to hear from people with experience of creating intuitive and user-friendly software, collaborating with designers and developers. Individuals with expertise in research or design, or knowledge of the behavioural or psychological impact of service design. You must be passionate about ensuring online services are designed with the best interests of children at the core.

Surveillance technologies

We are looking for technical experts with experience in online tracking and surveillance technologies. You may have previously worked as an engineer, developer or product manager, You will be passionate in wanting to address some of the negative aspects of the use of these techniques and technologies. 

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning

We are seeking experts in machine learning and other probabilistic computing techniques and the role these developments play in society. 

You will have previously worked on the development of AI policy, ethics or law and understand the societal consequences arising from the development and use of AI technologies. You will be focused on helping shape the future of AI developments to better respect and uphold the rights of citizens. 

How do I apply?

To express interest in working for the ICO's technology department, please email a copy of your CV to and briefly outline the area that you are interested in.

If opportunities are not available straight away, if you are happy for us to, we’ll keep your details on file for up to six months and contact you if suitable positions arise in the future.