General Data Protection Regulation

ICO Hosts European Case Handling Workshop In Manchester

This week will see a two day workshop held in Manchester hosted by the Information Commissioner’s Office called the European Case Handling Workshop. This will have a key focus on the new European Union General Data Protection Regulations as well as a series of “discussions about how data protection authorities can develop effective and collaborative solutions to threats and data protection concerns”.

The event will see the Information Commissioner’s Office bring together regulators from around the world to discuss the looming implementation of GDPR. These new regulations will see European Citizens have more control over the way that their personal data is processed and used and will replace the existing legislation across the continent that were drafted long before the widespread adoption of the internet.

The new European Union General Data Protection Regulations will come into force in all European Union member states from May 25 2018 and will apply to all EU member states (including Britain despite Brexit) and any organisation anywhere in the world that processes any data of a European Union citizen.

The two day event in Manchester will cover a range of topics including the new rights individuals will have under the GDPR, mandatory breach notifications and the handling of complaints and cooperations.

Elizabeth Denham, the UK’s Information Commissioner who is currently finishing the writing of the ICO’s International Strategy said that it was crucial that data regulators from around the world shares ideas and best practices.

“Data, and the challenges involved in protecting it, don’t necessarily respect international boundaries so it is important that the ICO is a respected and relevant regulator with global reach and influence,” she said.

“The events we are hosting this week demonstrate the ICO’s commitment to looking at the bigger picture and sharing knowledge, ideas and best practice with colleagues in Europe and further afield.”

In light of the forthcoming new General Data Protection Regulations the ICO has been bolstering its senior management team by appointing two new deputy commissioners. Joining as the new deputy commissioner for operations is James Dipple-Johnstone who has previously held senior roles at both the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Office of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman. The new deputy commissioner on policy will be the ICO’s former head of international strategy Steve Wood. Elizabeth Denham, speaking about the new appointments said:

“I am delighted to have these two highly capable individuals join the ICO’s senior team at this important time,” she said.

“The information rights landscape is going through a time of transformation, being reshaped by both the digital economy and the arrival of a game changing piece of data protection legislation, the GDPR.

“I am confident that both Steve and James will prove to be great assets to my senior leadership team as we navigate these changes.”

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