IBM Takes on Privacy - 2

Chief Privacy Officer Discusses Challenges Facing IBM And Its Customers.

Since Harriet Pearson was appointed IBMs first chief privacy officer two years ago, she has dedicated herself to creating privacy policies and initiatives that strengthen Big Blues efforts to protect personal data for its employees and customers. She has also focused on developing products that pay attention to privacy--in particular, from IBMs Tivoli group.

IBMs commitment to privacy was evident in its choice of focus for this years Almaden Institute: Privacy for Data Systems. Almaden Institute is an annual event designed to encourage research and development in a particular area. This years event, held at the IBM Almaden Research Center, in Silicon Valley, drew technologists, researchers and IT executives from organizations ranging from Warner Brothers Co. to the University of California, Berkeley.

eWEEK Labs Senior Writer Anne Chen and Senior Analyst Cameron Sturdevant spoke with Pearson--who is also IBMs Human Resources Vice President for Workforce Effectiveness--at Almaden Institute earlier this month regarding her goals as chief privacy officer and the privacy challenges facing IBM and its customers.

eWEEK: What do you hope to achieve as chief privacy officer at IBM?

Pearson: My role as chief privacy officer is to be ultimately responsible for having the right leadership policies in place for how we manage data, both on our own behalf for employees and for customers.

Second, its also to make sure we have, coordinated across the company, a unified strategy with respect to technology and how we, whether its through research or products, make sure we have a common viewpoint and … a leadership viewpoint in privacy technologies.

And third, my goal is to lead our work in public policy and in industry groups to ensure that we are participating responsibly and appropriately in developing industry standards and public policy contributions.