Chief Privacy Officer
Corporate privacy officer; director of corporate privacy; executive director of corporate privacy. Chief privacy officer (CPO) is a fairly new executive-level position, so the role isn't set up exactly the same at any two companies. Responsibilities:
Nothing specific -- yet. This may come in time, as more CPOs are named and the job requirements become more standardized. Typical day on the job:
This isn't apparent yet. Most of the existing CPOs have been named in the past year and are still in the job. Demand:
Limited right now to very large companies that are doing a significant amount of their business on the Internet, or to those whose business revolves entirely around the 'Net. Security guru Westin expects there to be "hundreds to thousands" of CPOs in place by 2003 -- still not a huge market. Salary range:
$200,000 to $250,000 -- plus a bonus and, perhaps, stock options. Other executive-level perks may accrue, including a company car. Best types of companies to work for: Banks, brokerages, pharmaceuticals -- any firm with a legal requirement to protect customers' data. Other possibilities are the huge multimedia giants, including AOL/Time Warner, according to privacy recruiter Kushner. "They've got multiple business units -- books, records, video, etc.-- sharing customer data." That's the type of potential conflict ready-made for a CPO, he says. About the author:
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