JC Cannon



Founder, Assertive Privacy; Congressional Innovation Fellow

JC Cannon is the founder of Assertive Privacy, a Washington, DC-based consulting agency. He assists startups with privacy reviews, provides input to policy discussions, is an instructor for IAPP's CIPT certification and speaks at privacy events. Cannon continues to be a staunch privacy advocate fighting for the Privacy Bill of Rights.

Cannon recently retired from a 16-year career at Microsoft, where he spent 12 of those years focused on privacy. At Microsoft, he performed privacy reviews of dozens of new products, services and websites. He monitored external privacy activities from regulators, researchers, industry and competitors, kept senior executives abreast of business-impacting privacy activities and developed action plans for product, policy and marketing teams to follow. He assisted with the creation of numerous privacy policies, standards, training and resolution to regulatory inquiries.

While at Microsoft, Cannon developed the compliance program for Microsoft's SQL Server database product, which included white papers, an SDK, client surveys and a hands-on lab. The program enabled organizations to programmatically manage access to personal data and validate compliance based on policy.

Cannon spent four years in Microsoft's Corporate Privacy Group during its formative years leading the creation of the first privacy standard for developers, privacy training, privacy council and product reviews for developers. He worked on Microsoft's Identity Management team where he developed a program that helped developers integrate the technology into their applications providing for centralized identity and profile management.

Before joining Microsoft, Cannon worked as a software consultant for companies in the U.S., England, France and Sweden. He has BS in mathematics from the University of Texas. He is also a six-year veteran of the U.S. Navy where he fixed avionics for A6 aircraft on the flight deck of aircraft carriers.

Cannon is a member of the IAPP Publication Advisory Board, past VP of the University of Washington World Series Board and participates in numerous privacy events. He is the author of Privacy in Technology: Standards and Practices for Engineers and Security and IT Professionals and Privacy: What Developers and IT Professionals Should Know and contributed to the books Writing Secure Code and Windows Security Resource Kit. He is the author of The Euclidian science fiction books.


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