Jan Liebaers cayman islands obudsman employee

Jan Liebaers

Deputy Ombudsman
Information Rights Division

Mr. Liebaers has held senior positions relating to FOI, archives and records management in Europe, Canada and the Cayman Islands for over 25 years.

He was a key member of the drafting committees of the National Archive and Public Records Law 2007, the Freedom of Information Law 2007, the Data Protection Law 2017, and the Data Protection Regulations 2018.

As Head of Archives and Records Management and Deputy Director in the Cayman Islands National Archive (1997-2007), he created the Records Policy Unit and spearheaded the development and implementation of new public records legislation.

As Deputy Information Commissioner (2010-2013) and Acting Commissioner (2014-2017) in the Information Commissioner’s Office, he conducted investigations and issued formal hearing decisions in appeals under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Law.

Upon the creation of the Office of the Ombudsman, Mr. Liebaers was appointed Deputy Ombudsman in charge of the Information Rights Division which has enforcement responsibilities under the FOI Law. He is currently preparing the Office for its outreach and enforcement roles under the Data Protection Law 2017.  

Mr. Liebaers holds a Master of Arts degree (MA) from York University, and a Master of Laws degree (LLM) specializing in Information Rights, and is a member of several professional organizations, including the Academy of Certified Archivists, the Association of Records Managers and Administrators, and the International Association of Privacy Professionals.