Data protection and privacy

Government confirms preferred candidate to be the UK’s next Information Commissioner

Culture Secretary John Whittingdale has confirmed Elizabeth Denham as the Government’s preferred candidate to become the UK’s next Information Commissioner. Subject to a pre-scrutiny hearing by the Culture, Media and Sports Select Committee and final approval from Her Majesty The Queen, Ms Denham will take over from current incumbent Christopher Graham in summer 2016.

Reputational risk from DP non-compliance, ICO warns

The ICO warned recently that companies that fail to keep personal data safe risk long-lasting reputational damage that can impact on the future success of the business, according to the Information CommissionerCompanies that fail to keep personal data safe risk long-lasting reputational damage that can impact on the future success of the business.

Information governance update

The Senate Judiciary Committee has passed the Judicial Redress Act, giving EU citizens the right to sue in the US in relation to specified privacy issues. The Act includes an modification which provides for two preconditions on the extension of US court legal redress to non-US citizens.

Changes in relation to The ICO

The Government announced on 17 September 2015, as part of their written Ministerial Statement, that policy responsibility for data protection and sponsorship of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) will be moving from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS).

ICO Commissioner reappointed

Christopher Graham has been appointed to continue as the Information Commissioner for another two years. This will follow on from his current appointment ending on 28 June this year. This will bring Mr Graham’s total tenure up to seven years.

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