Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner resigns

07/08/2023 | Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner

Professor Fraser Sampson has announced his resignation as the Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner, effective at the end of October. In his resignation letter to Home Secretary Suella Braverman, he cited the Data Protection and Digital Information (No.2) Bill as the reason for his decision. The Bill would transfer the functions of the Biometrics Commissioner to the Investigatory Powers Commissioner and eliminate the need for the government to publish a Surveillance Camera Code of Practice, making the functions of the Surveillance Camera Commissioner unnecessary. Additionally, personal reasons have made it impractical for Professor Sampson to continue in his role beyond 31 October 2023.

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