Rebecca Richards, CIPP/G, CIPP/US

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U.S. National Security Agency

Director, Civil Liberties and Privacy Officer

Rebecca "Becky" Richards joined the National Security Agency as its first Director of Civil Liberties and Privacy in February 2014. Her primary job is to provide expert advice to the Director and oversee NSA's civil liberties and privacy activities. She is also responsible for developing measures to further strengthen NSA's privacy and civil liberties protection.

Ms. Richards earned a Masters degree in international trade and investment policy and a Masters degree in business administration from George Washington University. She received her B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Ms. Richards also holds certifications from the International Association of Privacy Professionals and is a member of their Certification Advisory Board. She was also a contributor to "Building a Privacy Program: A Practitioner's Guide."

Previously, Ms. Richards served for almost 10 years in a variety of privacy related leadership positions within the Department of Homeland Security. From August 2012 to October 2013, she was the Acting Deputy Chief Privacy Officer. More recently, she was the Senior Director for Privacy Compliance, responsible for leading the privacy compliance process throughout DHS, which had over 220,000 employees comprised of seven operational elements as well as headquarters components. She initiated a system that brought best practices in privacy compliance to DHS, including the creation of the Privacy Threshold Analysis, and extensive guidance and development around how to conduct a Privacy Impact Assessments. She also managed the requirements under the Privacy Act. She developed related educational programs for employees and leaders and conducted audits of privacy compliance to meet the nation's international agreements and commitments.
Before joining DHS, Ms. Richards was the Director of Policy and Compliance at TRUSTe, the independent non-profit privacy seal program. She began her federal service with the U.S. Department of Commerce as an international trade specialist and provided input to the landmark U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Accord.

Ms. Richards received the prestigious 2008 Federal 100 award from Federal Computer Week Magazine. Recipients are considered the top executives from government, industry, and academia who have had the greatest impact on the government's information systems community. In 2008, Ms. Richards was also honored with the Secretary of DHS Silver Medal for leadership in privacy.
 

 

Contributions by Rebecca Richards

  • America’s Code War: Tales From the Front Line and Where to Go From Here
    Speaker at Global Privacy Summit 2019
  • Legitimate Intelligence in Transparent Democracies
    Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2017
  • Conducting Legitimate Espionage in a Transparent Society
    Speaker at Global Privacy Summit 2017
  • Maintaining Customer Trust When Governments Demand Access to Data 3:30-5:30
    Speaker at Global Privacy Summit 2017
  • Which Risks Matter Most?
    Speaker at Privacy. Security. Risk. 2015
  • The Job of Protecting Both the Nation's Security and Privacy
    Speaker at Global Privacy Summit 2015
  • Speaker at Global Privacy Summit 2014
  • Speaker at IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2005
  • Speaker at IAPP Practical Privacy Series D.C. 2011
  • Speaker at IAPP Academy 2010
  • Speaker at Practical Privacy Series, Washington DC 2009
  • Speaker at IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2008
  • Speaker at IAPP Academy 2003
  • Speaker at IAPP Academy 2007
  • Speaker at IAPP Academy 2008
  • Speaker at IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2007
  • Speaker at IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2009
  • Speaker at IAPP Practical Privacy Series D.C. 2007
  • Speaker at IAPP Symposium 2004