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David Smith

Peerpoint Consultant

London

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David Smith

Peerpoint Consultant

London

David retired from his role as Deputy Information Commissioner in November 2015 and joined A&O as special adviser on data protection on 1 January 2016.

David was instrumental in shaping the UK position on the General Data Protection Regulation. He was widely quoted giving the ICO view on regulatory developments – e.g. Safe Harbor and the Google decision on the right to be forgotten. He also represented the ICO in the Article 29 Working Party of European Supervisory Authorities set up under the Data Protection Directive. The Article 29 Working Party preceded the European Data Protection Board as the highly influential group of national regulators across Europe who issue guidance and opinions on compliance. David was also involved at the highest level of the ICO’s enforcement regime. In October 2018 David was appointed as a member of the Data Protection Authority for the island of Jersey.

His wealth of experience and knowledge of data protection policy and enforcement bolsters Allen & Overy’s existing data protection team in London at a time of significant regulatory change and growing client demand for advice and support in this fast moving area. During his time as Deputy Commissioner, David saw first-hand how this area of law has evolved and the impact it can have on businesses and ordinary citizens.

 

News & insights

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Blog Post: 20 OCTOBER 2021

ICO's proposals on UK international transfers may be simpler than the EU's approach but nevertheless remain onerous

When opening its recent consultation on regulating international data transfers from the UK in the post-Brexit era the ICO said, “We understand that international transfers can be complex, especially…

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Blog Post: 28 MAY 2021

Irish DPC gets go ahead in latest chapter of the saga of Max Schrems and Facebook

On 14 May the Irish High Court handed down its judgment in the judicial review case brought by Facebook Ireland Ltd (FBI) against the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC), finding substantially in…

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Latest thinking - Brexit and its impact

Publications: 11 MARCH 2021

Data Protection Post-Brexit March 2021

Where are we now and what happens next?

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Blog Post: 26 FEBRUARY 2021

UK Adequacy: good news from the European Commission but might there be a bumpy road ahead?

News of the European Commission’s draft Decision that the UK ensures an adequate level of protection for personal data transferred from the EU to the UK can only have been greeted by with a sigh of…

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