Government Technology profiled Washington state’s first chief privacy officer, Alex Alben, and the work he is doing to shore up the state’s privacy efforts. Alben breaks down his responsibilities into three categories and looks at state agencies to assess their privacy practices, conduct privacy training for employees, examine new technologies Washington wants to deploy, determine any possible privacy implications, and educate consumers on privacy. Alben wants to ensure the state is moving forward in its attitude towards privacy. “We really live in a new world, and the solutions that worked in the filing-cabinet era are not working today,” said Alben. “They are not scaling to the volume of data we are collecting and processing. It’s this kind of challenge that makes it such an exciting time to be working in this space.”
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