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Is 2013 the Year of the Privacy Engineer?

PRIVACY ENGINEERING

September 12, 2013

With the recent introduction of a new master’s degree by Carnegie Mellon and an influx of privacy engineering job openings by large tech firms, will this be the year of the privacy engineer? “Though the term privacy engineering has been around since at least 2001,” writes Robert Jason Cronk, CIPP/US, “only recently has the computer science community tried to use it in a concrete and systematic way.” In this Privacy Perspectives post, Cronk, a privacy engineering consultant for Enterprivacy Consulting Group, delves into the work of privacy engineers and why they “must be in place to identify user-centric risks and help design solutions” to help organizations mitigate risks while improving data flows. Editor’s Note: Cronk, along with MITRE’s Stuart Shapiro, CIPP/US, CIPP/G, will lead the preconference workshop Privacy Engineering Primer later this month at the IAPP’s Privacy Academy in Seattle, WA.
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