UK data practitioners have a new reason to be the best of the best, aside from saving their company from reputational damage and a potential fine, after the Information Commissioner’s Office announced it is launching an award to recognise excellence in the field of information rights.
The regulator says the move, which coincided with Sunday’s 12th annual Data Protection Day, has particular significance this year as GDPR comes into force in May, and, the Government hopes, the new Data Protection Act will be in force too.
To celebrate, the ICO is introducing the ICO Practitioner Award for Excellence in Data Protection to recognise those practitioners who go above and beyond their duties.
Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said: “Data Protection Day is the perfect time to launch this award for practitioners who have made a real difference to how their organisations approach data protection.
“As we approach GDPR and new UK law taking effect, it has been clear there are many success stories out there when it comes to individuals embedding a positive data protection culture in their organisation.
The winner will be revealed at the ICO’s annual Data Protection Practitioner’s Conference in April and more details about the awards and how to enter can be found at the ICO website.
The regulator says that contenders will likely be those who have shown inspiring data protection practice and leadership, particularly in the areas of accountability and privacy by design, and have made good use of the resources available from the ICO to help organisations live up to their obligations and inspire public trust and confidence in how they handle personal information.
Although some might be tempted to use the exercise to land a plum job at the ICO, anyone who works for a company which has been on the regulator’s watch-list or at one of the 111 organisations which has been fined a total of £10.1m since August 2015, would probably best not bother applying.
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