UK Eyes Trade Role For Data Watchdog Under New Chief

By Irene Madongo (August 26, 2021, 6:52 PM BST) -- The British government named New Zealand's current privacy chief, John Edwards, as its preferred candidate for information commissioner on Thursday while detailing plans to expand the role of the Information Commissioner's Office to help businesses with global data exchanges. 

Edwards will bring with him "a wealth of data regulatory experience" from his current role and also from his two decades of practicing law, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said. Edwards' current office in New Zealand covers work such as providing information and compliance action on personal data issues, the government added.

The ICO is currently tasked with upholding information rights...

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