Set-up and operating cost for 2018 and 2019 published

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The States of Guernsey have approved additional funding for the ODPC for 2018 and 2019 to enable implementation of the new data protection legislation which came into force for the Bailiwick in May 2018.

Our commissioner, Emma Martins, gave context to the funding increase:

“The increased funding reflects the States’ commitment to ensuring the Bailiwick continues to operate as a high quality regulatory environment and to be recognised as an ‘adequate’ jurisdiction by the EU underpinning its role on the international stage. This in turn protects vital data flows to the Islands as well as ensuring local citizens are provided with the highest levels of protection for their own personal data in this increasingly data-driven era.”

Breakdown of funding:

  Set up (£k) 2018 (£k) 2019 (£k) *
Staff and Board 61 390 595
Premises 90 20 82
Insurances n/a 3.5 8
IT 73 25 40
Other (e.g. travel, legal, staff training, office supplies) n/a 112 295

* The 2019 figures above are projected costs, and as such they are under review.

We are performing a comprehensive review of our funding model for 2020 onwards and commit to consulting with industry and government as part of this.

The recently constituted Board (the Guernsey Data Protection Authority) provides leadership and governance to the ODPC and demonstrates accountability for our newly independent status.

Please contact us if you have any questions.