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Phil Jones, ex-Assistant Commissioner at the ICO joins 192.com

19th of October, 2010

Appointment confirms 192.com's commitment to data protection principles

Phil Jones, ex-Assistant Commissioner at the Information Commissioner's office has been appointed as an advisor to 192.com, the UK's leading online directory and people-finding website.

Mr Jones will advise 192.com on matters relating to data protection, ensuring the company carries out best practice in collating and publishing data on people in the UK.

Phil Jones worked for the ICO and its predecessors as an Assistant Commissioner for 20 years, retiring in July 2010. Throughout this time he has provided advice across the private and public sectors on data protection and electronic communications, presenting at major conferences and representing the ICO in the UK and internationally.

A member of the Article 29 sub-group of the European Commission which produced opinions on the definitions of 'personal data', 'data controller' and 'data processor,' Mr Jones will be instrumental in guiding 192.com as it continues to provide people-finding services across multiple platforms including the mobile web.

Commenting on his appointment Phil Jones said: "Data protection is an important consideration for directory sites and it's gratifying to see that such a major player, 192.com, puts such a high priority on compliance. As the company provides its services to ever wider audiences, I look forward to making a real contribution."

With over 4 million visitors a month 192.com provides unparalleled information about people and businesses, providing people-tracing, identity verification, business searching and free directory enquiries. The company aggregates data from edited electoral rolls, directory enquiries the births deaths and marriages register, director reports and the land registry.

192.com is used by the public and charities for reconnecting friends and family, for finding donors, ID verification, and for building trust in strangers that they have just met for the first time. Offering such a powerful resource carries with it a responsibility for applying a sound data protection regime, and 192.com intend Mr Jones's appointment to greatly assist this end.

Keith Marsden, Managing Director of 192.com said: "We take data protection principles really seriously. This appointment signals our ongoing commitment in this regard. Phil will use his considerable experience to ensure that we continue to manage 192.com's formidable databases responsibly - striking the right balance between the rights of those that want to be listed so that they can be found, with those that want privacy."

Mr Jones will begin his appointment to 192.com's board of advisors immediately.


192.com is the UK's most awarded online directory, helping find people, businesses and places for over 4 millions of users every month. On 192.com, users can search almost 700 million records including free directory enquiries, edited electoral rolls, local business listings, interactive mapping, aerial photography and property reports.

For more information contact the 192.com Press Office.