Elizabeth Denham CBE

Information Commissioner, ICO
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Elizabeth Denham took up her role as the UK’s Information Commissioner in July 2016. In the 2019 New Year’s Honours list Elizabeth was awarded a CBE for services to protecting information

Elizabeth Denham took up her role as the UK’s Information Commissioner in July 2016, building on her previous experience as Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia and Canada and Assistant Privacy Commissioner of Canada. In the 2019 New Year’s Honours list Elizabeth was awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to protecting information.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is the UK’s regulator for data protection and information rights. It enforces the law, both civil and criminal, against organisations that have violated data protection rules. The ICO provides guidance on and regulates key laws such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Data Protection Act 2018, the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR) and Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Elizabeth was appointed chair of the Global Privacy Assembly (GPA, formerly ICDPPC) in 2018 which seeks to provide international leadership in data protection and privacy as the premier global forum for data protection authorities.

Elizabeth is committed to being a firm but fair regulator with a mission of increasing the public’s understanding, trust and confidence in how their data is used. She has overseen an expansion of the ICO to around 700 staff which now has an innovation department, a regulatory sandbox and has led on pioneering work including the age appropriate design code setting standards for children’s privacy.