- DCMS announces preferred new Information Commissioner
DCMS announces preferred new Information Commissioner
DCMS announces preferred new Information Commissioner6th September 2021 - Published by Kuits Data Protection Team
On 26th August 2021, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport announced its preferred new Information Commissioner as John Edwards who, if formally appointed, will replace Elizabeth Denham upon the expiry of her term as Information Commissioner at the end of October this year.
As part of this announcement, the UK Government confirmed its post-Brexit intention to prioritise data adequacy partnerships with various countries, including the US, Australia, Korea, Singapore, Dubai and Columbia. This will allow free flows of personal data from the UK to these countries and is intended to reduce trade issues caused by cross border data transfers.
It appears from the DCMS’s statement that there is a strong appetite to reform data protection laws so that they are based on “common sense, not box ticking.” It remains to be seen how this will play out in practice, given that the Government will surely be keen to ensure it does not diverge too far from EU data protection laws and risk losing the recent EU adequacy decision.
The full announcement is available here on GOV.UK. Our data protection team will be following the new appointment and subsequent developments with interest.
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