Privacy Commissioner reappointed

Justice Minister Andrew Little has announced the reappointment of John Edwards as the Privacy Commissioner.

“Mr Edwards has a global reputation in privacy and is a fearless advocate for his Commission,” says Andrew Little.

Mr Edwards as appointed in February 2014 following a public advertising process.  He was a barrister and solicitor in practice where he provided general corporate services for a number of Ministers and Crown entities and provided advice and training on information law issues across the public sector.

Mr Edwards also regularly undertook investigations and reviews for departments, Crown entities and Ministers. 

He was a District Inspector for Mental Health and a District Inspector for Intellectual Disability and Compulsory Care.  He was previously employed on the staff of the Office of the Ombudsmen, the Privacy Commissioner, the Ministry of Health and the State Services Commission and has over 20 years’ experience in public law and policy.