Elizabeth Denham


U.K. Information Commissioner's Office

Former UK 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

  • The Future of Privacy Regulation
    Speaker at Virtual Vancouver and Victoria KnowledgeNet: January 20, 2022
  • Member of Board of Directors 2022 - 2026
  • Ian Kerr Memorial Lecture: Privacy and Zambonis in the Age of COVID-19
    Speaker at IAPP Summit Sessions 2020 Online
  • Speaker at IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2020 - Canceled
  • Speaker at IAPP Data Protection Intensive: UK 2020 - Cancelled
  • Fireside Privacy Chat with the UK’s ICO: featuring Commissioner Denham & Executive Director Simon McDougall
    Speaker at San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley KnowledgeNet: February 11, 2020
  • Opening General Session
    Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Intensive 2018
  • What is the ICO's Perspective?
    Speaker at London KnowledgeNet: 17 October 2017