ICO’s blog on its international work

February 26 15:01 2018 Print This Article

Colleagues from across the organisation share their experiences and involvement in the ICO’s ongoing contributions to the upholding of information rights across the globe.

Alain Kapper

This winter has been a busy one for the ICO’s international team. Two highlights included being invited to speak at the Government of the Philippines’ first FOI Summit, and having the pleasure of receiving colleagues of the Information Regulator in South Africa.

Opportunities like these help us in our aim to maintain and develop influence within the global information rights regulatory community. They also allow us to continue to develop our relationships with other information rights authorities.

We were honoured to be invited to speak at the FOI Summit in Manila, held to mark the first year of implementation of the Government of the Philippines’ Executive Order on Freedom of Information. It was important to celebrate the Philippines joining the growing list of countries and jurisdictions with legislation promoting greater transparency and access to public information. We were unable to attend in person but we still wanted to contribute so Jo Pedder, our Head of Policy, and I provided pre-recorded presentations on the implementation of FOI from a regulator’s perspective and on the interaction between the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Data Protection Act 1998 in the UK. We were delighted to be able to share the ICO’s FOI experience with this growing regulatory community.

At the end of January, we had the pleasure of receiving colleagues from the Information Regulator of South Africa to our office in Wilmslow. This is one of the youngest data protection authorities in the world, formed just over a year ago. The regulator is currently faced with a sizeable task as they prepare for the implementation of the Protection of Personal Information Act 2013, whilst also formulating internal procedures and hiring relevant staff. We were, again, happy to share our experiences with our visitors who met with staff from across the ICO. The visit from our South African colleagues carried a real sense of optimism and reinforced the goal of our international strategy to develop stronger links with and provide support to data protection authorities, particularly from emerging countries.

 

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