Elizabeth Denham, CBE, has earned an international reputation as a public advocate at the forefront of the protection of privacy and the public's right to know. Her work, first in British Columbia as the province's information and privacy commissioner, and particularly more recently in the United Kingdom in her current role as its information commissioner, has tackled some of the most significant issues in how our personal data is protected --- or not. She has led investigations into Equifax, WhatsApp, Uber, and Facebook, the latter concerning the use of personal information by Cambridge Analytica in the Brexit campaign in the UK. She has focused recent attention on the ethical implications of Artificial Intelligence on government, jobs and journalism and is influencing the approaches of Silicon Valley in how it develops technology. She has been one of the world's leading voices on data protection, on the need for government disclosure, and on the threat to personal information in the digital age.
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Elizabeth Denham, CBE
U.K. Information Commissioner
Elizabeth Denham became the UK’s Information Commissioner in 2016. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is the UK’s regulator for data protection and information rights. It enforces the law, both civil and criminal, against organisations that have violated data protection rules. The ICO provides guidance on and regulates key laws such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Data Protection Act 2018, the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR) and Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Elizabeth brings an international dimension to her UK role from her previous work as Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia and Canada and Assistant Privacy Commissioner of Canada.
In the 2019 New Year’s Honours list Elizabeth was awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to protecting information. She is recognized as one of the most influential people in her field, and is frequently asked to provide her views on emerging issues to the UK parliament, as well as internationally.
Elizabeth has made headlines for her wide-ranging investigation into data misuse in online political campaigning. Over the past twelve months, her focus has included developing a code to better protect how children’s data is used by digital services and recommendations for reconciling data protection with facial recognition technology.
Elizabeth chairs the Global Privacy Assembly, which brings together data protection and privacy commissioners from around the world to share knowledge and build stronger cooperation. She also chairs the International Conference of Information Commissioners, which works globally to improve access to information rights.
Reporter, Business in Vancouver
Hayley Woodin is a multimedia reporter with Business in Vancouver and editor of BIV Magazine. She co-hosts and co-produces the podcast BIV Today, appears weekly on Global News Morning, contributes regularly to BIV’s print and digital publications and covers a wide range of industries, from real estate to resources, technology to trade. Hayley is a regular emcee and moderator at industry, community and charitable functions.