ICO deputy commissioner Steve Wood appointed OECD’s Working Party chair

Steve Wood, deputy commissioner at the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), has been appointed chair of the OECD’s Working Party on Data Governance and Privacy. The Working Party plays an important role in the OECD’s international work to bring policy-makers together, inform future policy and develop international standards.

The Working Group’s focus areas include:

*Supporting the OECD work, including reviewing recommendations on protecting children online, promoting digital transformation and monitoring the implementation of privacy guidelines, all the while supported by Government, industry and civil society experts

*Considering measures to enhance access and sharing of data standards internationally

*Studying data protection aspects in an international context, including data portability in the context of online platforms and personal data breach notification reporting

*Providing a forum for discussion of data ethics, in the context of accountability, the risk of bias and discrimination and digital divides

*Developing practical guidance on issues like the implementation of Artificial Intelligence

Wood said: “We need to look beyond our own borders if we’re to properly protect UK citizens’ data protection rights. Encouraging a fair, prosperous and inclusive digital economy worldwide is central to that. The OECD plays a unique role in developing global policies to shape the governance and standards needed to achieve this. These privacy and data protection standards have never been more central to the digital economy and the businesses that we rely upon for so many services. This Working Group can play a vital role in shaping this agenda, and very much I look forward to working with the international membership to achieve our shared goals.”

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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