Former UK Information Commissioner joins privacy think-tank


Former UK Information Commissioner joins privacy think-tank

Warwick Ashford

Former UK information commissioner Richard Thomas is to join an international data privacy and information management think tank.

Thomas will be a strategic adviser to the Centre for Information Policy Leadership (CIPL) in the organisation's London office from next month.

The Washington-based CIPL was founded in 2001 by international privacy law firm Hunton & Williams.

Thomas's principal role will be to work with the CIPL's privacy practitioners to develop new perspectives on privacy protection and the management of data risk.

As UK information commissioner, Thomas reported directly to parliament on a range of data and privacy issues from 2002 until his retirement in June this year.

"He will provide a crucial regulator's view on the effective management of cross-border data flows as well as emerging privacy issues such as cloud computing and e-discovery," said Lisa Sotto, an executive member of CIPL.

The difficulties faced by national laws in coping with the challenges of cross-border activity accelerate the need for new thinking, said Thomas.

"Privacy and data protection have moved centre stage, but many laws have got left behind in the last century," he said.

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