ICO celebrates excellence in data protection with third annual award for practitioners

Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham is presently looking for data protection practitioners who have demonstrably exerted an outstanding impact within their host organisation. The call comes as the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) invites entries for the third annual Practitioner Award for Excellence in Data Protection.

Previous awards have been bestowed upon data protection practitioners who’ve shown outstanding impact in relation to accountability and inspired public trust and confidence in how personal information was handled.

Denham said: “It has been an honour to acknowledge members of the data protection community who have had a huge impact when it comes to protecting people’s rights. I look forward to announcing the third recipient of the award at our Data Protection Practitioners’ Conference on 6 April in Manchester.”

Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham

Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham

The winners of the previous awards were Esther Watt (data protection officer at North Kesteven Council in Lincolnshire) and Mikko Niva, Group policy officer at Vodafone Group Services Ltd and based in London.

Individuals can nominate themselves or a colleague. Nominations are considered by a panel of Judges. As stated, the winner will be announced at the ICO’s upcoming Data Protection Practitioners’ Conference.

Enter the 2020 awards scheme here. Entries are open until 5.00 pm on Tuesday 3 March

The ICO serves as the UK’s independent regulator for data protection and information rights law, upholding information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.

The ICO has specific responsibilities set out in the Data Protection Act 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation, the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003.

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