Andrew Pakes - Director of Communications and Research at Prospect Union
IFOW's research, supported by Trust for London, has shown that autonomy and dignity at work often hinges on access and control over personal data which feeds data-driven technologies used to perform management functions. Our expert Equality Task Force has also 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 first chapter of the toolkit has now been published. It offers easy-to-follow guidance on employee consultation and Data Protection Impact Assessments.
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. 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.