John Edwards put forward for role of ICO chief

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has announced that John Edwards is its preferred nominee for the next Information Commissioner.

Subject to approval by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, followed by approval by the Queen, John Edwards is expected to succeed the current commissioner, Elizabeth Denham.

Ms. Denham said: “Data driven innovation stands to bring enormous benefits to the UK economy and to our society, but the digital opportunity before us today will only be realised where people continue to trust their data will be used fairly and transparently, both here in the UK and when shared overseas.

“My office has supported valuable innovation while encouraging public trust in data use, particularly during the pandemic. We stand ready to provide our expert advice and insight as part of any future government consultation.

“Implementing any changes Parliament decides on will fall to my successor, who will take on a role that has never been more important or more relevant to people’s lives. John Edwards would bring extraordinary breadth, international leadership and credibility to this role. He will receive the support of a modern, independent ICO that has the courage, resources and expertise to make a positive difference to people’s lives.”

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