50 Shades of the Privacy Profession
Note: This is a piece I wrote for the International Association of Privacy Professionals Privacy Tech blog.
I was asked the other day by a reporter to define “privacy professional.” I provided some over-long response describing how those within an organization who touch personal data—regardless of their title—are considered privacy professionals. There is nothing incorrect about that answer but it’s so broad, so abstract and can be applied to so many roles that it’s essentially a useless response for anyone looking for guidance.
I could have described a professional that interprets legal and regulatory language, possesses strong communications skills, provides risk analysis and strategic direction as well as manages cross-function teams—the types of skills often required by a Chief Privacy Officer (CPO). However, while that certainly describes the skills possessed by the prototypical...
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