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International recognition for Bailiwick Data Protection Commissioner

Published: 13 November 2023

The Office of the Data Protection Authority (ODPA) is delighted to announce that its Commissioner Emma Martins has been given the Award for Achievement at the PICCASO Privacy Awards Europe.

It recognises her distinguished career and the huge contribution she has made to data protection in the Channel Islands and beyond. She won the award jointly with Robert Bond from the Privacy Partnership Group.

Emma has overseen the rapid evolution of data protection in the Channel Islands for the past two decades. She became Commissioner for both Jersey and Guernsey in 2011 when a pan-island regulatory office was set up, then stayed on in Guernsey when the offices separated at the start of 2018.

She has created a thriving, respected and robust regulatory office in the Bailiwick of Guernsey, dedicated to safeguarding the community’s personal data by minimising the harms caused by data mismanagement.

Emma’s tenure as Bailiwick Data Protection Commissioner ends in December when she will be replaced by Brent Homan who is currently Deputy Commissioner, Compliance of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.

Representing ‘Privacy, InfoSec, Culture, Change, Awareness, Societal, and Organisation’, the PICCASO Privacy Awards recognise and spotlight the people and organisations making an outstanding contribution to this dynamic and fast-growing sector – from the dedicated professionals ensuring their companies meet increasingly complex requirements of our data enabled world, to the academics and engineers pushing privacy thought-leadership and innovative protections forward.