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Justice Dept. Announces Privacy Enforcement Unit

PRIVACY—U.S.

July 20, 2012

California Attorney General Kamala Harris yesterday announced the creation of the Department of Justice Privacy Enforcement and Protection Unit. The unit “will focus on protecting consumer and individual privacy through civil prosecution of state and federal privacy laws” on data collection, retention, disclosure and destruction. “I call it California Privacy 2.0--now with accountability and enforcement added,” Joanne McNabb, CIPP/US, CIPP/G, CIPP/IT, told the Daily Dashboard. McNabb is co-chair of the IAPP’s government working group and will serve as the unit’s director of privacy education and policy. Harris said, “The privacy unit will police the privacy practices of individuals and organizations to hold accountable those who misuse technology to invade the privacy of others.”
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Editor’s Note: Privacy Unit Director of Privacy Education and Policy Joanne McNabb, CIPP/US, CIPP/G, CIPP/IT and Special Assistant Attorney General of California Travis LeBlanc will offer insights at the IAPP Privacy Academy this fall.