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The Case for a Code

PRIVACY PROFESSION

August 2, 2013

Should privacy professionals have a code of ethics? That was the question first raised on Privacy Perspectives by Alex Fowler, and now continued by K Royal, CIPP/US, CIPP/E. Balancing roles as a nurse and an attorney, Royal discovered a tension allowing for conflict between professional obligations. The same may be true for privacy professionals serving as in-house counsel. “The potential for conflict is reduced when the law speaks clearly to the issue, but becomes muddy when the ‘right thing’ is not statutorily driven,” Royal writes. “Does one’s duty to the company carry more weight than one’s duty to a data subject? Does one have a duty to a data subject if the law is silent?”
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