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

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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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