Andrew Pakes - Director of Communications and Research at Prospect Union
IFOW's research, supported by Trust for London, has shown that autonomy, dignity and participation at work often hinges on access and control over personal data and use of predictive, data-driven technologies. Concurrently, our expert Equality Task Force has identified new challenges to the application and enforcement of UK data protection laws.
Drawing on these insights, we are working with the UK's leading technology union Prospect to test the use of data protection laws by individuals and collectives. We have now explored application of the law to three case studies, advised on future pathways and we are supporting the development of a practical 'AI toolkit' for unions and their members. The toolkit sets out the principles of data protection and offers easy-to-follow guidance about how to apply them.
This project is part of a mission to help rebalance asymmetries of access, information and power at work by improving the quality of work, judged against IFOW's Good Work Charter. Our collaboration with Prospect is a case study of how we build practical solutions in response to key challenges faced by people at work.
We are proud to have supported Prospect become a national and international union leader in the field of AI and data protection and look forward to developing this project in 2021.