Government announced plans to establish a new Federal Privacy Council


On December 2, 2015, Shaun Donovan, Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, spoke to an audience of privacy professionals at the Federal Privacy Summit. Director Donovan recognized the importance for the Government to continuously maintain its efforts to protect citizens’ privacy.

Donovan announced “plans to establish a new Federal Privacy Council, which will model the successful Federal CIO Council”. The Federal Privacy Council “will be the place to coordinate and share ideas, best practices, and successful approaches for protecting privacy across the Government. And like the CIO Council, this Council will assess and develop recommendations for the attracting and hiring top talent in privacy programs across the Federal Government”.

In his speech, he discussed four main topics that the government needs to address looking forward.

  • Data breaches prevention
  • Prevention or limitation of harm to individuals affected by data breaches
  • Enhancement of productivity, efficiency and effectiveness of Government
  • Building and regaining citizens’ trust in Government


Director Donovan’s speech is available at…

For more information, Francesca Giannoni-Crystal

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