NEWS28 November 2019

ICO deputy to chair OECD privacy group

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UK – Steve Wood, deputy commissioner at the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), has been appointed chair of the OECD’s working party on data governance and privacy.

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The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) working group brings together policy-makers to inform future policy and develop international standards around data and privacy.

It supports the OECD’s work, including reviewing recommendations on protecting children online and monitoring the implementation of privacy guidelines.

The working party also looks at how to improve the access to and sharing of data standards internationally; studies data protection in an international context; discusses data ethics; and develops practical guidance on issues including artificial intelligence.

Steve Wood, ICO deputy commissioner (regulatory strategy), said: "We need to look beyond our own borders if we are to properly protect UK citizens’ data protection rights. Encouraging a fair, prosperous and inclusive digital economy worldwide is central to that, and the OECD plays a unique role in developing global policies to shape the governance and standards needed to achieve that."