Information Commissioner to leave post

Posted: 10/11/2017

Emma MartinsPan-island Information Commissioner Emma Martins is to leave her post in March 2018, prompting a rethink in Jersey and Guernsey on how the role will be taken forward. 

Emma Martins took responsibility for data protection in Jersey in 2004, providing leadership during a period in which the role of data in islanders' private and professional lives has grown significantly. 

Since 2011, she has supported both Jersey and Guernsey, including preparing for the implementation of the new EU Data Protection Regulations.

The new legislation has recently been approved in Jersey by the Council of Ministers for presentation to the States Assembly in December, in line with an agreed timetable. 

The States of Guernsey is keen to avoid having a pan-Channel Island Information Commissioner managing two different sets of legislation, and intends to establish its own Information Commission. 

Meanwhile, Jersey’s government will bring forward plans for a dedicated Jersey Information Commission to maintain a GDPR-equivalent regime and a properly resourced regulatory body. 

Assistant Chief Minister, Senator Paul Routier, said: “Jersey places the highest importance on data protection matters. We will continue to work constructively with Guernsey on a wide range of matters, but with the importance of data growing, it is right that we appoint a dedicated Jersey regulator to oversee our compliance with the new legislation.”

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