Twelve Shortlisted for Data Protection Commissioner Post; Interviews on Sept 21-22

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The Public Service Commission (PSC) is scheduled to interview twelve shortlisted candidates on 21st and 22nd September 2020 for the post of Data Protection Commissioner.

The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner is an office established by section 5 (i) of the Data Protection Act, 2019.  The Data Protection Bill, 2019, was signed into law on the 8th of November 2019.

The  Act provides for the establishment of the office of the Data Commissioner in accordance with Article 260 (q) of the Constitution and lays down the rules for the protection of personal data by both public and private entities.

Data Protection Commissioner

The Commission received 126 applicants following an advert that was placed in the print media and on its website on 18th August 2020.

The advertisement period ended on 8th September 2020 with the Commission now inviting the public to participate in the interviews by submitting their comments on any of the candidates.