Jacob Kohnstamm


As the chairman of the Jersey Office of the Information Commissioner, Jacob is ultimately responsible for the board and its decisions.

Jacob has over 22 years’ experience in the field of data protection, having served as chairman of the Dutch Data Protection Authority for 12 years.

He also served as vice chairman of the article 29 Data Protection Working Party for 6 years; the advisory body composed of the chairs of all Data Protection Authority’s in the European Union. Prior to that, Jacob served as vice chairman of the Executive Committee of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners for 4 years and hosted that conference in Amsterdam in 2015.

In addition to chairing the board of JOIC, Jacob is also presently chairman of the Dutch Euthanasia Review Committee, chairman of the board of the Resistance Museum Amsterdam and vice chairman of the board of the Dutch Refugee Foundation.

Earlier in his career, Jacob was active as politician for nearly 25 years; holding posts as a member of the Dutch parliament and as state secretary for Home Affairs. This was after studying law and initially practicing as a solicitor in Amsterdam, where he lives today.