Los Angeles, CA KnowledgeNet Chair
Privacy Compliance Program Leader
Southern California Edison

Chris Pahl began is privacy career with SunAmerica Life Assurance Company (SunAmerica), a division of American International Group, which sells individual variable annuities. Pahl worked for SunAmerica from 1997–2008, where he started as a customer service representative and completed his career at the company as the senior variable annuity compliance officer, responsible for overall compliance. He was named the company’s anti-money laundering and privacy officer, from 2006–2008.

In 2008, Pahl continued his privacy work with Southern California Edison, an electrical utility company, where he is responsible for overall compliance for the protection of personally identifiable information. Under the direction of the deputy ethics and compliance officer, Pahl has established the privacy program’s framework, which includes corporate policies and procedures, a program manual, regulatory compliance catalog and training. He is responsible for ensuring that appropriate controls are in place for all privacy regulations, including those issued by federal and state agencies and public utility commissions. Pahl is responsible for implementing appropriate privacy and security controls to ensure compliance with the California Public Utilities Commission’s ruling on the privacy and security of Smart Meter customer usage data.    

Pahl has been a member of the IAPP since 2010 and holds CIPP/US, CIPP/C, CIPP/E, CIPP/G and CIPP/IT credentials. He is uniquely qualified as a board member as he as a solid understanding of the issues facing financial services as well as the new emerging world of privacy for utility companies. With the rollout of Smart Meters at Southern California Edison, Pahl has firsthand knowledge of ensuring appropriate customer protections through appropriate people, processes and technology. He is also part of the NIST third-party data access drafting standards team and Smart Grid awareness and training sub-team.   

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