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Monday, June 09, 2014

Public Sector Increased Interest in Chief Privacy Officer Role

Chief Privacy Officers (CPOs) already exist in the private sector and Federal government and now are appearing at the state level as well. Effective privacy and security policies continue to be a priority for states and their constituents. A few states, such as Ohio and West Virginia, currently have a statewide Chief Privacy Officer (CPO) to manage and maintain consistent privacy policies across the various state agencies. Other states have CPOs for specific agencies such as health or education. CPOs and privacy officials are also incorporating "privacy by design" or the inclusion of privacy protections from the beginning of the development process.