Elizabeth Denham will start as the new UK Information Commissioner on Monday 18 July.

She will be responsible for leading the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK’s independent authority that regulates the Data Protection Act, Freedom of Information Act and the rules around marketing calls and texts.

Ms Denham said:

“I am delighted to have taken up this position and am excited about the challenges ahead. I look forward to working with staff and stakeholders to promote openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.”

Ms Denham, who will serve a five year term as Information Commissioner, has held senior positions in privacy regulation in Canada over the last 12 years. Since 2010 she has been the Commissioner at the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia, Canada.

Ms Denham replaces Christopher Graham, who stepped down last month after seven years as Information Commissioner.

Deputy Commissioner Simon Entwisle stood in to lead the ICO during the brief vacancy between the end of Mr Graham’s term of office and the arrival of Ms Denham.


Notes to Editors

  1. The Information Commissioner’s Office upholds information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.
  1. The ICO has specific responsibilities set out in the Data Protection Act 1998, the Freedom of Information Act 2000, Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003.
  1. The ICO can take action to change the behaviour of organisations and individuals that collect, use and keep personal information. This includes criminal prosecution, non-criminal enforcement and audit. The ICO has the power to impose a monetary penalty on a data controller of up to £500,000.
  1. To report a concern to the ICO telephone our helpline 0303 123 1113 or go to ico.org.uk/concerns/