John Edwards is currently New Zealand's Privacy Commissioner. He will now appear before MPs on the Digital,
Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee for pre-appointment scrutiny on 9th September 2021.
It seems that the Government has its eyes on market opportunities related to selling data rather than data protection. Dowden commented:
Data underpins innovation and the global digital economy, everyday apps and cloud computing systems. It allows businesses to trade, drives international investment, supports law enforcement agencies tackling crime, the delivery of
critical public services and health and scientific research.
The government is outlining the first territories with which it will prioritise striking data adequacy partnerships now it has left the EU as the United States,
Australia, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, the Dubai International Finance Centre and Colombia. It is also confirming that future partnerships with India, Brazil, Kenya and Indonesia are being prioritised.
there is as much as £11 billion worth of trade that goes unrealised around the world due to barriers associated with data transfers.
The aim is to move quickly and creatively to develop global partnerships which will make it
easier for UK organisations to exchange data with important markets and fast-growing economies. T
The government also today names New Zealand Privacy Commissioner John Edwards as its preferred candidate to be the UK's next
Information Commissioner, following a global search.
As Information Commissioner and head of the UK regulator responsible for enforcing data protection law, he will be empowered to go beyond the regulator's traditional role of
focusing only on protecting data rights, with a clear mandate to take a balanced approach that promotes further innovation and economic growth.
It means reforming our own data laws so that they're based
on common sense, not box-ticking. And it means having the leadership in place at the Information Commissioner's Office to pursue a new era of data-driven growth and innovation. John Edwards's vast experience makes him the ideal candidate to ensure data
is used responsibly to achieve those goals.