Published on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 - 09:52 by Peter Galdies
Congratulations to the UK Information Comissioner, Elizabeth Denham who has been awarded a CBE in this years New Year Honours List.
She was appointed to the role in July 2016, having previously held the position of information and privacy commissioner for British Columbia, Canada.
During her tenure the ICO has undertaken several important investigations into organisations including Facebook and the use of personal data by Political Parties.
She’s also overseen the issue of the ICO’s largest fine to date – a penalty of £400,000 to TalkTalk, after the telecoms firm failed to properly protect customer data from a cyber attack.
She responded on the ICO website with the following:
“It is a great honour to receive this award.”
“As a Canadian, now a United Kingdom resident, I am privileged to be recognised with this distinguished award for my career’s work in the fields of data privacy and information rights.”
“My hope is that this honour will assist in drawing attention to the importance of data protection to citizens, particularly this year, which has seen major reforms in data protection law with the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation – reforms to keep pace with changes in our digital age.”
“I am indebted to my colleagues at the Information Commissioner’s Office for their on-going support and diligence in this critically important work.”