Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, named most influential person in data-driven business

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Elizabeth Denham has been announced number one in the 2018 edition of the DataIQ 100 at the annual unveiling ceremony in London, yesterday evening. The power list, now in its fifth year, celebrates the the top influencers in the world of data.

DataIQ brings together data and analytics leaders; creating a platform for innovation and leading the conversation to inspire, connect, engage, and educate this community.

The DataIQ 100 list profiles the most influential people in data-driven business, and recognises individuals who show leadership, engagement with the broader data and analytics industry, and those who support DataIQ’s mission of advancing the profession of data and analytics.

A ‘power 10’ is also chosen from the list, ranked by importance and influence over the preceding 12 months.

UK Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, said:

“DataIQ provides an important forum for data professionals to share best practice and learning – essential in such a fast paced and changing environment.

“Leaders and practitioners in this space – everyone in data and analytics should learn from data, and augment their services through data intelligence – but also ensure that they don’t lose sight of their brand and the essence of their service.

“Data is a powerful tool; when used ethically and responsibly it can be used to empower and enrich all our lives. It is incumbent on all of us as data professionals to earn the trust and confidence of the public in how their personal data is used, so that everyone benefits in a data driven world.

“The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a game changer and a powerful incentive for businesses to embrace good data protection practice. I am encouraged by the many organisations that see the data opportunities the law presents, rather than the barriers it throws up.

“My role allows me to engage with progressive companies and public bodies looking to adopt privacy by design solutions. I am struck by entrepreneurial development of products which minimise the amount of personal data processed and which maximise the control people have over their data.

“As the head of the agency charged with protecting UK citizens’ information rights, I am honoured to work with 500 staff dedicated to innovative regulation and excellent public service.”

Ms Denham was appointed as UK Information Commissioner in 2016, after serving as Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia, Canada and Assistant Privacy Commissioner of Canada.

Since taking up her role at the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) she has set out a commitment to increase the trust people have in what happens to their personal data.


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