ABOUT THE OFFICE
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Bermuda was established as an independent public office in accordance with the Personal Information Protection Act 2016 (PIPA). The mandate of the Privacy Commissioner is to regulate the use of personal information by organisations in a manner which recognizes both the need to protect the rights of individuals in relation to their personal information and the need for organisations to use personal information for legitimate purposes, among other duties.
MEET THE COMMISSIONER
Alexander McD White
Commissioner White has served as Bermuda's first Privacy Commissioner since January 2020. He is a lawyer qualified to practice law in the United States and a former US federal privacy adviser and IAPP Advisory Board member, with experience working in the insurance industry and managing a state government's privacy program.
He holds a variety of privacy, legal, cybersecurity, and risk management qualifications and is a two-time graduate of the University of Georgia (US).
ABOUT OUR SYMBOLS
One of the many things that Bermuda is famous for is its window blinds. These distinctive blinds are a wonderful metaphor for privacy: you can choose whether you want them to be open to the world or more closed depending on your comfort level or daily needs.
As an iconic symbol of Bermuda and privacy, these blinds are the inspiration for the logo of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.
Bermuda's national motto, Quo Fata Ferunt, comes from Virgil's Aeneid. Like the first Bermudians, the Trojans found themselves shipwrecked. Considering what to do next, they decided that wherever the Fates may take them, they will follow and persevere.
With a cheeky, one-letter adjustment to "Quo Data Ferunt" the Office of the Privacy Commissioner commits to following wherever the data may lead and to persevering in the protection of individuals' rights and freedoms.
For more on the island's crest and motto, see: "Lot more to our Island’s motto" by George L Cook.
Inspired by the natural beauty of standing at the Bermudian shore, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner adopted as its colours the pink of wet sand, the teal of shallow bays, and the deep blue of the Sargasso Sea.