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Chair of Jersey's new Data Protection Authority appointed

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The Chair of Jersey's new Data Protection Authority has been appointed.

Mr. Jacob Kohnstamm will advise the Authority and ensure that it is providing the highest level of protection for personal data.

Initially, he will act as Shadow Chair, and subsequently as Chair when Jersey’s new data protection laws come into effect on on May 25.

Mr. Kohnstamm has extensive experience in the area of data protection:

  • 2004 - 2006: He chaired the Dutch Data Protection Authority from 2004 to 2016
  • 2010 - 2014: He chaired the Article 29 Working Party - an advisory body comprising the data protection regulators of all EU Member States
  • 2011 - 2014: He chaired the International Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners Conference

Mr. Kohnstamm has vast international experience at the highest levels of data protection regulation - his appointment reflects Jersey’s standing in this important field.

– Senator Paul Routier MBE, Jersey's Assistant Chief Minister

The appointment of Mr. Kohnstamm is the latest step for Jersey’s data protection system, a key feature of which is the Island’s ‘adequacy’ with European Union standards.

It is a great honour for me to serve both Jersey and the area of data protection in this new role.

It is crucial that jurisdictions meet the required standards of data protection, as this provides the trust that individuals, civil society, government and private companies need to innovate and make full use of modern technology.

– Mr. Kohnstamm, Chair of Jersey’s Data Protection Authority

The previous pan-island Data Protection Commissioner, Emma Martins, stood down in November after six years in the role.

It was then announced a month later that she would be taking up the position of Data Protection Commissioner for Guernsey.