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

Government ‘behind the curve’ on AI risks 
News & Updates

Government ‘behind the curve’ on AI risks 

A warning by 30 civil society groups that Government use of AI must be brought under control

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.

Judicial Review Trends and Forecasts 2023: Power and the law

Judicial Review Trends and Forecasts 2023: Power and the law

12 October 2023 @ 9:30 am – 5:45 pm – PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT! Location: Herbert Smith Freehills, Exchange House, Primrose Street, London,  EC2A 2HS.  In Person only. This event is not online! If you have any technical issues with booking please contact events@publiclawproject.org.uk PLP’s annual conference is back for a day of cutting-edge analysis, insight and opinion from leading lawyers […]