As government collects more citizen data and cyberattacks increase in frequency, states are hiring chief privacy officers to keep data secure. As technology becomes more sophisticated and government collects more personal data, cybersecurity attacks will expose more people’s personal information.
To combat the issues 13 states have hired chief privacy officers (CPOs), including New Jersey. The CPO manages legal risk, ensured compliance with privacy doctrines, and creates standards around data privacy as governments collect more data and share it between agencies.
Nearly all CPOs come from legal backgrounds and operate in the Information Technology department. The role of CPO adds value to the data protection efforts statewide and sends a message that privacy best practices should be considered whenever processing data.
Summarized from govtech.com