The Chief Privacy Officer: A Must Hire in Today’s Complex Digital World


By Roy E. Hadley, Jr.
Attorney with Adams and Reese

The news is full of breaches of trust with respect to how companies are mishandling consumer data.

Whether it’s Facebook, Equifax or Yahoo, many examples of a breach or misuse of consumers’ private information have underscored the need for companies to be more careful and thoughtful in the handling of personal data.

Central to this effort is the chief privacy officer (CPO).

As a corporate role, CPOs have been around for some time. In a former life as a CPO, I had many responsibilities, however, not nearly as many as CPOs have now. The exponential increase in the amount of data that companies collect and use has elevated the responsibilities of and the necessity for a CPO.

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