By Alexandra Ross, The Privacy Guru (@sharemindfully)
Whenever a new position emerges at the C-suite level, you can be certain substantial debate about exactly what the role encompasses and which skills are crucial for meeting an organization’s needs will follow. It’s understandable, as a new executive role is often a response to massive new complexities. Just consider how the computing revolution and the knowledge economy gave rise to CTO and CIO roles.
Today, extensions of those sea changes have placed new demands on companies – startups as well as more developed businesses. Mobile tech innovation, e-commerce, and the rapid growth of a globally networked society have elevated privacy into a priority issue. Make a list of high-profile stories over the past year, and you’ll be hard pressed to find one which doesn’t touch on data privacy: Revelations about government surveillance, app developers and social media companies experimenting with feed algorithms and location tracking, major retail security breaches… they all point towards increasing concern over privacy and the way institutions are not always fully prepared for the challenges privacy issues present.