PrivCom welcomes Assistant Commissioner Georgia W. Fevriere
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Bermuda is pleased to welcome Georgia W. Fevriere to our senior leadership team as Assistant Commissioner.
Assistant Commissioner Fevriere will lead the operations unit for the Office, with varied responsibilities for administration, project management, research, and policy development.
Ms. Fevriere possesses a wide range of skills from experience working in the fields of compliance, investment banking, public legal services, debt recovery, and insolvency. She brings a wealth of experience managing local and overseas operations, as well as global policy functions.
Ms. Fevriere holds qualifications in privacy, law, and insolvency. She is a graduate of Georgia State University and the University of Kent and is currently completing a Master of Science degree in Policy Analysis & Global Governance from the University of the West of Scotland.
Assistant Commissioner Georgia W. Fevriere: "Bermuda is actively involved, like all governments around the globe, in developing a protective regime for their citizens' personal information. With the Commissioner and local organizations, I look forward to building a strong privacy culture across the island."
Privacy Commissioner Alexander White: "I am thrilled to bring Assistant Commissioner Fevriere on board. Our team at PrivCom is our most important resource, particularly in these early days as we establish the foundations and governance for our work. Her diverse and deep knowledge and experience will be instrumental to our long-term success."
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Rights and responsibilities relating to data privacy are set out in the Personal Information Protection Act 2016 (PIPA). Bermuda's PIPA received Royal Assent on 27 July 2016. Sections relating to the appointment of the Privacy Commissioner were enacted on 2 December 2016, including the creation of the Office as well as those duties and powers relevant to its operation in the period leading up to the implementation of the whole Act. The Commissioner works to facilitate the advancement of consequential amendments to other Acts in order to harmonise them with PIPA.
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Bermuda (PrivCom) is an independent supervisory authority established 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.
The Privacy Commissioner's powers and responsibilities include monitoring the processing of personal information by both private- and public-sector organisations, investigating compliance with PIPA, issue guidance and recommendations, liaise with other enforcement agencies, and advise on policies and legislation that affect privacy. PrivCom also works to raise awareness and educate the public about privacy risks, and to protect people’s rights and freedoms when their personal data is used. The general powers of the Privacy Commissioner are outlined in Article 29 of PIPA.
Alexander White (Privacy Commissioner) was appointed by Excellency the Governor, after consultation with the Premier and Opposition Leader, to take office on 20 January 2020.
Privacy is the right of an individual to be left alone and in control of information about oneself. In addition to the protections in PIPA, the right to privacy or private life is enshrined in the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 12) and the European Convention of Human Rights (Article 8).
"Personal information" or data is a defined term in PIPA that means any information about an identified or identifiable individual. Examples include names, dates of birth, photographs, video footage, email addresses and telephone numbers. "Sensitive personal information" is a defined term in PIPA that includes information relating to such aspects as place of origin, race, colour, sex, sexual life, health, disabilities, religious beliefs, and biometric and genetic information. (Note: This is not a complete list.)
"Use" of personal information is a defined term in PIPA that means "carrying out any operation on personal information, including collecting, obtaining, recording, holding, storing, organising, adapting, altering, retrieving, transferring, consulting, disclosing, disseminating or otherwise making available, combining, blocking, erasing or destroying it."