Christopher Graham to continue as Commissioner for another two years

The Ministry of Justice has announced the reappointment of Christopher Graham as the Information Commissioner for another two years. This will bring Mr Graham’s total tenure of the post up to seven years, which is the maximum allowed (as per the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012). Graham’s new appointment starts on 29 June.

Information Commissioner Christopher Graham said: “I am delighted to have been asked to stay on as Commissioner at this key moment for information rights. I don’t underestimate the challenge of leading the ICO at this time. Like any public body we’re having to do more for less. But unlike any other public body that I know, it falls to the ICO to champion both the right to privacy and the right to know for citizens and consumers – here in the UK, in Europe, and internationally. It’s a big responsibility and the next phase certainly won’t be dull.”

Graham has introduced administrative reforms at the ICO to cut down processing times considerably for DP and FOI complaints, and has used the ICO’s new fining power efficiently. Internationally, he plays a strong role being currently one of the two Vice Chairmen of the EU Art. 29 Data Protection Working Party, the group which co-ordinates the work of the EU’s 28 national Data Protection Authorities.

Christopher Graham will speak at Privacy Laws & Business 27th International Annual Conference, New Horizons – New Risks, in Cambridge 30 June - 2 July 2014. See 25 speakers and their sessions.