Q&A: IBM's First Chief Privacy Officer on How Corporate Privacy Has Evolved Over 2 Decades

Harriet Pearson became the company's CPO in 2000

In 2000, Harriet Pearson became IBM’s first chief privacy officer and part of the vanguard of early CPOs who laid the groundwork for how corporations approach privacy. Pearson, who is now a partner at the Washington, D.C.-based firm Hogan Lovells, is an expert in corporate data privacy and cybersecurity and now consults with companies on how to grapple with government regulation, user privacy and online threats.

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