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NSA Announces First-Ever Chief Privacy Officer

PRIVACY COMMUNITY—U.S.

January 29, 2014

The Washington Post reports on the National Security Agency’s announcement that it has named IAPP member Rebecca Richards, CIPP/US, CIPP/G, its first-ever privacy officer. Former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official Paul Rosenzweig told the Post that Richards, leaving DHS for the new job, has her work cut out for her and civil libertarians are skeptical. However, former DHS CPO Mary Ellen Callahan, CIPP/US, told Daily Dashboard, “She is one of the best privacy officials I have worked with in over a decade and a half of privacy counseling. She works meticulously with the program managers and creators of new programs, and demonstrates an ardent level of diligence and devotion to privacy.” Meanwhile, a report for Federal News Radio says agencies are now treating privacy the way they treated cybersecurity five years ago, as a “classic risk-management issue.” But privacy is “hard to define because it means different things to everyone,” making the role of CPO somewhat less defined than a CSO. Editor’s Note: Look for a story on Richards’ appointment in The Privacy Advisor tomorrow. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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