Elizabeth Denham

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U.K. Information Commissioner's Office

Information Commissioner

Elizabeth Denham became the UK’s Information Commissioner in 2016. 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 brings an international dimension to her UK role from her previous work 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. She was also named as the most influential person in data driven business in the 2018 DataIQ 100 list. Elizabeth has made headlines in the past year for her wide-ranging investigation into data misuse in online political campaigning, a topic which has seen her appear before parliaments in the UK and abroad. 

Elizabeth was elected chair of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC) in 2018 which seeks to provide international leadership in data protection and privacy as the premier global forum for data protection authorities.

 

Contributions by Elizabeth Denham

  • Specific Protection for Children Under the GDPR and National Laws
    Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2019
  • Opening General Session
    Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Intensive 2018
  • What is the ICO's Perspective?
    Speaker at London KnowledgeNet: 17 October 2017
  • New Job, New Law, New Geopolitical Situation
    Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2016
  • "Fireside Chat” with Elizabeth Denham, the New UK Information Commissioner
    Speaker at London KnowledgeNet: 5 October 2016
  • Closing General Session
    Speaker at IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2016
  • A Conversation: Public Sector Privacy Issues with Canada's Privacy Commissioners
    Speaker at IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2016
  • A Conversation on Public-sector Privacy Issues with Canada?s Privacy Commissioners
    Speaker at IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2015
  • Trends in Changing the Rules for Data Protection
    Speaker at IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2015
  • Ask the Enforcers: Mobile and Multi-screen Privacy in 2015 and Beyond
    Speaker at Global Privacy Summit 2015