ICO trip to North America

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Dear Information Commissioner's Office,

I note that the Information Commissioner has recently visited San Francisco as part of a trip to North America. An account of the visit can be found here: https://www.gtlaw-dataprivacydish.com/20...

I would like to request the following information about the ICO's visit.

1) The full itinerary of the trip, including its duration, all locations visited, and the purpose for which each place was visited.
2) The number of ICO officers on the trip.
3) The names and job titles of those on the trip.
4) The total cost of the trip, broken down into hotels, flights and other expenses - I appreciate that some expenses may not be recorded yet, but I would like to receive what information is currently held.
5) The class of flight taken by each person, and the rating of hotels stayed at, if held.

Yours faithfully,

Jenny Shoesmith

Information Access Inbox, Information Commissioner's Office

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18 March 2020


Case Reference Number IRQ0911259


Dear Ms Shoesmith,

Please find attached our response to your information request of 18
February 2020.

Yours sincerely

Shannon Keith
Senior Information Access Officer
Information Commissioner's Office

Information Commissioner's Office

20 March 2020


Case Reference Number IRQ0911259


Dear Ms Shoesmith,

Further to my email of 18 March 2020, please be advised that the event “A
Conversation with Elizabeth Denham: Privacy Gone Mainstream” was held on 4
February 2020. My response incorrectly stated the date was 6 February

Yours sincerely

Shannon Keith
Senior Information Access Officer
Information Commissioner's Office

J Roberts left an annotation ()

From page 27 of the the annual report:


The Information Commissioner and a delegation of her staff visited California to engage with large technology businesses.

Why this is important:

The key message in our engagements with businesses throughout the UK and the world in 2019/20 was the need for a new relationship of trust and cooperation between regulators and business, if we are to find the right balance between freedom and protection in the digital world. We need a richer engagement on the privacy implications of engineering and business models at an earlier stage, and to ensure that these are baked-in from the design stage.

What we did

During this visit, the Commissioner and her staff had extensive meetings with technology businesses small and large, including Twitter, Uber and YouTube, and board-level meetings with Apple, Facebook and Google. We met with the venture capital community, civil liberties campaigners, engineers, and privacy practitioners. The Commissioner gave a guest lecture and met staff and students at UC Berkeley School of Law, and met the key politicians in Sacramento behind the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) - Assemblyman Ed Chau and Attorney General Xavier Becerra.'