What we do

Government digital services are expanding and interactions between individuals and the state are increasingly mediated by a range of digital processes: we want to ensure these processes are transparent, fair, effective, and non-discriminatory.

In addition, public bodies in the UK are increasingly using algorithms to make decisions across a vast range of areas.

Our work examines broader questions around establishing a robust legal framework to govern the development and application of algorithms, and how people can seek review and redress when things go wrong.

Our main goals in this area are:

  • Identify and improve automated decision making (ADM)
    systems in government that have the the greatest potential to unfairly impact our service users and partners
  • Improve legal and policy frameworks governing ADM
  • Identify and challenge barriers to access to justice that arise because of digitalisation

The Tracking Automated Government register

As part of PLP’s campaign for transparency around automated decision making, we have developed an open register to share everything we know about secretive algorithms currently used by the UK Government.

This database has detailed information about tools used by departments like the Home Office, Department of Work and Pensions, and the Metropolitan Police, so users can clearly see everything we know in one place.

Explore the register here to help lift the lid on how these systems work and discover the risks for individuals who are affected by their decisions.

Read more in our 2022-25 strategy

DWP needs to assess bias in its automated systems, says committee
News & Updates

DWP needs to assess bias in its automated systems, says committee

Our concerns over the DWP’s use of automation were raised by the Public Accounts Committee – here’s why the DWP’s response isn’t enough

How the new Data Bill waters down protections
Policy briefings and submissions

How the new Data Bill waters down protections

PLP has briefed MPs that the Bill will weaken data protection rights, meaning the public won’t know how their data is being used.

Rise of the Robots: The Harm Behind the Hype
Events

Rise of the Robots: The Harm Behind the Hype

1 February 2024 @ 1:30 pm – 6:30 pm – NOTE: THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL AND GARDEN COURT ARE NOT RUNNING A WAITING LIST. APOLOGIES IF YOU DIDN’T MANAGE TO REGISTER. Please do Sign up to our mailing list to get notice on upcoming events.  A half day event for researchers and legal practitioners interested in challenging public authorities on their unfair use of […]