Phil Jones, ex-Assistant Commissioner at the ICO joins

Phil Jones, ex-Assistant Commissioner at the Information Commissioner’s office has joined’s board of advisors. He will advise us on data protection, ensuring we continue to carry 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 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,, 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.” 

Keith Marsden, Managing Director of 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’s 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’s board of advisors immediately.