Canadian Privacy Officer to Become UK Information Commissioner

    Apr 13, 2016

    The United Kingdom’s Department for Culture, Media & Sport announced on March 22 that it has selected British Columbia Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham to become the next UK information commissioner.  Denham is not expected to assume the new position until after her current post expires on July 6 and her appointment is approved by the UK Parliament and the Queen.

    In her new role, Denham will oversee the UK’s implementation of the new European Union General Data Protection Regulation, which will replace the over 20-year-old Data Protection Directive.

    The office Denham currently oversees provides independent oversight and enforcement of B.C.'s access and privacy laws, including the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, which applies to government institutions, and the Personal Information Protection Act, which applies to private sector organizations.

    The current UK information commissioner, Christopher Graham, has served in that position since June 2009, but he is prohibited by statute from being reappointed.

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