Privacy Advisor

Cline Leaves Carlson to Start Own Privacy Consultancy

December 1, 2006

After six years serving as the travel and leisure conglomerate's first chief privacy officer, IAPP member Jay Cline is launching his own firm, Minnesota Privacy Consultants.

"I want to help make the Twin Cities the best place in America for privacy," Cline told the Advisor. "We have the right culture here to make privacy one of our community values."

During his tenure at Carlson, which operates the Radisson, Country Inns & Suites, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Carlson Wagonlit and Carlson Marketing brands, the company joined the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor and certified several of its Web sites with TRUSTe. Cline drove the adoption of a globally compliant privacy policy and information security policy. He also developed Carlson's first processes for employee privacy and security awareness, vendor assurance, and incident response.

Cline performed more than 100 privacy impact assessments for the company, including a major Human Resources Information System, Enterprise Resource Planning System and data warehouse rollouts.

Cline, a CIPP, has been a regular contributor to the IAPP. For the past 18 months, he has chaired the IAPP Working Group for Consumer Marketing, spoken at two IAPP conferences and hosted a CIPP exam in Minneapolis. He also is a member of INSIDE 1to1: Privacy.

Cline also is a frequent writer on privacy topics. He has written a monthly column on privacy for Computerworld since 2002. In 2005, he won Morrison & Foerster's Barbara Wellbery Award for his proposal to create an international Safe Harbor.