Certainly a clear message from Elizabeth Denham that the ICO are stepping up. Especially with regards to the pay flexibility as the ICO tries to recruit (and retain) the staff it needs to do this.
The UK is a leader in data protection – it’s one of the things that attracted me to this job – and the government has made clear its intention that we retain our world-class status as well as making the UK the safest place to be online. That’s a huge challenge for my office. But we have to deliver. I am strengthening my team in number and expertise and we’re moving the ICO to a place where we can deliver our new responsibilities and obligations to organisations and, importantly, the public. Earlier this month Treasury has provided the ICO pay flexibility for the next three years – this is critically important to be able to retain our expert staff and attract new technologists, lawyers and auditors. We’re expecting more of everything.