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ICO To Recruit Tech Advisor

PRIVACY—UK

October 28, 2010

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) plans to recruit a technology advisor to improve its knowledge of the industry, V3.co.uk reports. The advisor, who will focus on policy development, investigations and complaints, will help ensure the ICO "stays one step ahead of the game," said Deputy Commissioner David Smith. Private-sector and advocate reactions to the plan are positive. "UK privacy legislation dates from the mid to late 1990s, and technology has moved on an enormous amount since then," said Alex Brown of Simmons & Simmons. "It's difficult for companies that want to use cutting edge technologies to know how to comply with the legislation." Florian Mueller of the Open Rights Group said, "This step has been overdue." Editor's Note: The 2010 IAPP Data Protection Authorities Global Benchmarking Survey, which examines federal-level privacy offices and data protection authorities (DPAs) in 38 countries and territories, is now available in the IAPP Knowledge Center.
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