Elizabeth Denham CBE, The Information Commissioner, has been announced as the winner of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT’s prestigious Society Medal 2020.  

Elizabeth Denham

The new annual award, from the professional body for the IT industry, recognises Ms Denham’s outstanding contribution to making digital technology good for society.  

The judges cited her investigation into the unlawful data collection practices in political campaigns (including micro-targeting for marketing) which probed organisations including Cambridge Analytica, Facebook and Leave EU. 

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Margaret Ross MBE FBCS of BCSWomen has commented:

“I am so pleased that Elizabeth Denham CBE, The Information Commissioner, has been announced as the winner of BCS’s Society Medal 2020 – Elizabeth’s work has been so beneficial to all in the UK and beyond.

Many, many congratulation to Elizabeth. I feel so proud, to have been even considered, and I feel that the judges made the correct decision on awarding the Society Medal to Elizabeth.

Please also remember to raise a glass or cup, tomorrow to Ada Lovelace, born 10/12/1815 and also to Elizabeth on her BCS Society Medal (and not to forget to raise a glass on Boxing day to Charles Babbage, born 26/12/1791 – I wonder if he missed out of birthday presents as a boy?)”