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Salary/Rate: £37,964 to £43,001 plus pension and excellent benefits
Closing Date: 02 Aug 2021
Job Reference: 4018051
Senior Technology Officer - Information Commissioner's Office
Search, monitor and investigate emerging technologies assessing their potential impact on information rights
Technology is driving fundamental changes to our society, driven by the critical role personal data is playing in our digital lives. What role could you play in influencing the way we support innovation and technological change while also protecting privacy and information rights?
As an independent body serving the public, the work of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is interesting and immensely rewarding. We uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals. In the last year we have been involved with prominent issues ranging from addressing the use of intrusive technology in our personal lives, to the privacy implications of the management of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our work has never been so important or high profile. The ICO’s technology group deals with some of the most complex privacy, data rights, data protection and emerging technology issues that society faces. The aim of the group is to make sure the ICO can assess and respond to these developments, and most importantly, to shape the future privacy, data and technology landscape. We have vacancies for several positions across the directorate – roles that will help us shape how emerging technologies and information practices impact the lives of the UK public. For more information, please look at our recruitment website: hays.co.uk/jobs/ico
About the Role
You will research, monitor and investigate emerging technologies and information security risks, assessing their potential impact on information rights. You will provide technology policy advice, guidance and support to ICO investigations, audits and other supervisory activities. More generally, you will help address the real world needs of colleagues in relation to emerging technology related issues they are grappling with.
You will make a significant contribution to the development and promotion of ICO’s responses to these technologies, with the goal of ensuring that information rights regulation keeps pace with technological advancements. You will be passionate in separating the hype from the reality, and focused on helping shape future technological developments to better respect and uphold the rights of citizens.
For this exciting new role you will need around three to five years’ experience in an information and communications technology or computing role at a graduate level (such as research, development, testing, network security, network architecture, software or system administration or IT security). You will have up to date knowledge of current trends and practices relating to the use of information, communications and information security technologies and be able to research emerging technologies and information security risks and assess their potential impact on information rights, and the ability to explain these issues to a non-technical audience.
You will be able to demonstrate curiosity in emerging technologies and their impact on society, and a passion for ensuring the benefits from innovative technologies can be realised in ways that empower citizens’ rights, whilst addressing any harms.
The ICO is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion in employment and we welcome applications from all members of the community.
Contact: Andrew Timlin
Office: 1st Floor, Ebury Gate, 23 Lower Belgrave Street
Hays Digital Solutions