Chief Privacy Officer Named for the U.S. Department of Commerce Today

Government Technology today reported Robert C. Cresanti was appointed CPO along with his other current responsibilities as under secretary for technology.  I could not find an announcement about this on the Dept of Commerce site, however; I was hoping to get more info than provided within the report.

It is good they are appointing a CPO.  However, U.S. federal privacy and data protection governance would benefit from one CPO over the entire government; basically adding a cabinet position.  Then this position could coordinate privacy and data protection activities through CPOs assigned to each of the government agencies.  This similar type of system seems to work well for Canada

The scattered and uncoordinated data protection and privacy approach currently taken does not result in consistent regulatory enforcement or unified federal laws.  Some agencies have rigorous privacy enforcement activities while there seem to be none within other agencies.

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