Jay Fedorak appointed as Jersey’s new Information Commissioner

Jersey has today announced that Dr Jay Fedorak has been appointed as Information Commissioner starting in his new role on 2 July. He will be responsible for regulating both Jersey’s data protection and freedom of information laws and representing the Island internationally.

He has 25 years’ experience in administering freedom of information and data protection legislation in the public and private sectors, since 2012 as Deputy Commissioner of the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner in British Columbia, Canada.

He will work closely with the Chair, Jacob Kohnstamm (former Netherlands Data Protection Commissioner), as well as with the Deputy Information Commissioner, Paul Vane. Mr. Kohnstamm said: “I am very happy with the new team of Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner. We have the best of both worlds in Jay and Paul leading the Office of the Information Commission and we will be able to fulfil our tasks with confidence.”

The Chief Executive of the States, Charlie Parker, said: “Dr Fedorak brings significant expertise to this important role.” Dr Fedorak added: “I am honoured to undertake this extraordinary opportunity at an important juncture for Jersey. I look forward to assisting all organisations in implementing the highest standards of data protection for the people of Jersey in ways that sustain the Island’s economic interests.”

Jay Fedorak spoke at PL&B’s Annual International Conference in July 2016 on comprehensive privacy compliance through governance models and audits.