Privacy Advisor

Abrams To Lead Information Accountability Foundation

September 17, 2013

Martin Abrams has joined the Information Accountability Foundation (IAF) as its first executive director and chief strategist. The IAF is a non-profit that institutionalizes the work of the Global Accountability Project, which Abrams founded.

“The project funders agreed late last year that accountability based privacy governance needed the focus and attention that could only come from incorporating the project,” said Peter Cullen, Foundation chairman and general manager of Trustworthy Computing at Microsoft.  “When we decided to make Foundation leadership a fulltime time position there was one natural choice, Marty.”

Abrams has served as the advisor to the 33rd International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners and has been a privacy leader for 24 years and a consumer policy leader for 34.

“Data governance based on responsible and answerable organizations is necessary to assure both innovation and protection of dignity and against tangible harm in an Information age,” said Abrams.  “To be trusted the leading organization in the field must be a non-profit open to all stakeholders, and I welcome that challenge.”

Abrams expanded upon his move to the IAF and discussed how accountability is about values in a recent post for the IAPP's Privacy Perspectives blog.