The Information Commissioner’s Office has appointed former EU data tsar Peter Hustinx as non-executive director in a move which it claims strengthens its commitment to remaining an influential international data protection regulator post-Brexit.
Hustinx was president of the Dutch Data Protection Authority from 1991 until 2004 and was chairman of the EU Article 29 Working Party from 1996 until 2000. He then became the first European Data Protection Supervisor in 2004, serving in the role for more than a decade before being succeeded by Giovanni Buttarelli.
Hustinx has also served as a director of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and the Centre for Democracy & Technology (CDT) in Washington.
He said: "I look forward to working with the ICO to help ensure its continued effectiveness and good governance in a period of rapid transitions.
"In view of my long experience as a data protection regulator, both in the Netherlands and at European level, I also hope to contribute to a close and productive co-operation with other colleagues, facing similar challenges and often sharing the same legal frameworks.”
Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said that the ICO will benefit from Hustinx' vast experience, expertise and international connections, claiming "he will be a real asset in helping us to continue to maintain and grow our global networks and influence".
Calls for Denham to retain a place on the European Data Protection Board have so far been rejected by Brussels and Denham added: “These are challenging times but the ICO and EU supervisory authorities will remain internationally connected and new working relationships will be essential to maintaining the flow of data in areas such as international transfers, mutual contribution to guidance development on topics of interest, and keeping pace with emerging threats and changing technology.”