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Wednesday 20 September 2017

ICO to hire up to 200 new staff members

Elizabeth Denham
Elizabeth Denham

Harry Leech

The UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is set to hire up to 200 new staff members to cope with the increased oversight it will have over UK businesses when the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect in May 2018.

The UK has confirmed that it will be adopting the new data protection regulation despite the British governments intention to leave the European Union and the ICO will expand its workforce by 40pc over the next two years, hiring analysts, investigators, lawyers and policy advisors.

Elizabeth Denham, the UK's Information Commissioner, told a House of Lords committee last week that the GDPR was a "once in a generation change in the law" and that her staff of 500 are already over-stretched even before the new regulations come into place.

Denham said that hiring the 200 new staff members could take up to two years due to a shortage of qualified candidates, with the demand for qualified staff exceeding supply as the new implementation of the new regulation looms.

The UK is the EU's largest host of data centre's currently and even if the UK ultimately leaves the EU, all data owned by EU citizens hosted in the UK will be subject to the new data protection. Denham told the House of Lords committee that the UK watchdog will also be increasing cooperation with data protection offices outside of Europe with a long term goal of an international treaty on standards.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new piece of data protection regulation which will become law across the EU in May 2018, replacing all current data protection regulations.

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