Information Accountability 2.0

Information Accountability has become a keystone of responsible information management and oversight. Accountability-based governance requires organisations to stand ready to demonstrate their comprehensive privacy programmes and enforcement agencies to have the tools to assess the willingness and capacity of organisations to run programmes that protect individuals when personal information is processed. Capacity building at both data stewards and enforcement agencies is necessary.

Yet, the processing of personal information has changed significantly over the last decade. As we move forward in a data-rich world driven by always-on, always-connected devices and sensors, the accountability-based approach to governance of information will need to evolve as well.

The Information Accountability 2.0 Project focuses on developing requirements that apply accountability to the implementation of data governance mechanisms for a 21st Century data world. The project expands upon the Foundation’s earlier work that created the “Five Essential Elements of Accountability. The Foundation believes that the “Essential Elements” are more necessary than ever as new business practices and technological capabilities emerge.

Key objectives of the project include:

  • Apply the “Essential Elements of Accountability” to the implementation of data governance mechanisms as the creation, flow, and use of data evolves.
  • Advance practical applications of information accountability in compliance and enforcement.
  • Encourage global interoperability based on accountability.
  • Integrate accountability into the educational agenda of data protection authorities.
  • Hold the Annual Global Information Accountability Dialogue as a platform for meaningful, multi-stakeholder discussions on effective governance and regulatory oversight of accountability.

For more information, contact Marty Abrams at and Peter Cullen at

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