SmartCities Dive talked this week with Mike Shapiro, CIPP/G, CIPP/US, recently named chief privacy officer for Santa Clara County, California. Given Santa Clara's common nickname, "Silicon Valley," Shapiro holds an auspicious position. With history as a consultant and software engineer, Shapiro brings a helpful background to the position, he says. Nor does he see himself as simply working for the county government. "One of the other things that we're really going to try to focus on in the future is building a Privacy Center of Excellence," he says. "What that means is the county working not only among departments within the county itself and other government agencies, but actually extending out to corporate and academia."
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