Q&A: IBM’s First Chief Privacy Officer on How Corporate Privacy Has Evolved Over 2 Decades (Adweek)


Harriet Pearson on things she is most focused on with clients these days: “No. 1: GDPR. No. 2: GDPR. So, No. 1 and No 2 is lots of GDPR all the way, and I say it twice for emphasis. And I also say it twice because of two actual different thoughts. One is a company that is doing business in Europe or is targeting or addressing individuals in Europe as part of its business operations needs to put in place a compliance plan for GDPR. That’s clearly occupying many, many organizations now.

“The second reason for mentioning GDPR is with GDPR, it’s actually an opportunity for companies to put in place a global companywide privacy compliance program, because if you’re going to go to the effort of figuring out how to comply with European privacy law, that’s very comprehensive and has very significant fines and penalties associated with noncompliance. If you’re going to do that, you might as well mature and put in place a program across your whole organization.”