New deputy commissioner for ICO

The ICO has appointed a new Deputy Commissioner (Policy).

Rob Luke will join the ICO on 30 January. He was previously British High Commissioner to Malta, and has also served overseas in Brazil and Paris as well as in policy roles at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in London.

Luke joins fellow deputy commissioner Simon Entwistle in supporting information commissioner Elizabeth Denham, and replaces Steve Wood, who held the role on an interim basis.

Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said: “This is a time of change for information rights, but it is an exciting time. The new General Data Protection Regulation brings an opportunity to look at how we all do things afresh, and the ICO will be at the forefront of that, helping organisations to improve how they comply with the law.

“Rob will be a key part of that work. We’ll be drawing heavily on his leadership skills, and he’ll be central to our work to evolve the ICO to make sure we stay relevant, both to the public and the organisations we regulate.

“The digital world is a smaller world. The ICO will be taking an internationalist approach, continuing and growing our work with regulators around the world. Rob’s experience will be invaluable, and I look forward to working with him.”

Luke added: “I am delighted to be joining the ICO. The information rights landscape is evolving rapidly and I look forward to working as part of the ICO team in anticipating and shaping that change in the public’s interest, engaging closely with our numerous stakeholders.”

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