John Edwards begins his new function as UK Info Commissioner immediately on a 5 yr time period, having spent the previous eight years as New Zealand Privateness Commissioner, and earlier than that labored as a barrister.
He succeeds Elizabeth Denham CBE, whose time period as UK Info Commissioner ended final yr.
Edwards stated: “Privateness is a proper not a privilege. In a world the place our private knowledge can drive every part from the healthcare we obtain to the job alternatives we see, all of us need to have our knowledge handled with respect.
“My function is to work with these to whom we entrust our knowledge so they can respect our privateness with ease while nonetheless reaping the advantages of data-driven innovation. I additionally wish to empower folks to grasp and affect how they need their knowledge for use, and to make it simple for folks to entry cures if issues go flawed.
“I do know from expertise that the crew on the ICO are totally devoted to privateness and data rights, and to supporting organisations and customers alike. The ICO has a world popularity for ahead pondering and clear evaluation of the practicalities of the legislation, which I’ll proceed to advertise. And I do know too of the energetic knowledge safety group within the UK – I stay up for listening to the experiences of companies, the general public sector, civil society and the privateness group.
“I welcome the chance to supervise the essential Freedom of Info Act. Transparency that helps folks perceive and belief selections made on their behalf has maybe by no means been as related as throughout the previous two years. I stay up for guaranteeing the legislation continues to be related in our altering world.”
Edwards appointment comes in the beginning of a busy yr for info rights within the UK. The ICO shall be actively participating with the federal government over the proposed reforms to the Information Safety Act and introduction of the On-line Security Invoice, in addition to strengthening hyperlinks with different digital regulators. The ICO may even proceed to prioritise its work to guard youngsters on-line, by means of the Age Acceptable Design Code, which has already prompted worldwide tech corporations to make modifications to raised respect youngsters’s rights on-line.