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New Hampshire’s De Facto Chief Privacy Officer Wants to Hire Some Help

State CIO Denis Goulet spoke at the NASCIO Midyear Conference about the relative maturity of the state’s privacy practice compared to its cybersecurity work. He’s hoping to add a CPO to the ranks very soon.

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — State CIOs convened once again in the nation’s capital for the NASCIO Midyear Conference, and several of them are wearing multiple hats.

In Rhode Island, for example, Brian Tardiff officially became state CIO as well as its chief digital officer earlier this year, but he's actively looking for someone to step into the CISO role that he previously held. (He's currently handling those duties in an interim capacity.)

Many other states are adding to their technology leadership teams with experts in privacy, who can lend some organizational support to both internal and public-facing privacy work. In New Hampshire, CIO Denis Goulet is playing that role for now, but he’s waiting for final legislative approval to hire a chief privacy officer (CPO).

“When I go to the Legislature, I can talk about cybersecurity. I have a program, I know what we’re doing,” Goulet said. But where privacy is concerned, there’s more work to do.

Here, he outlines what will comprise the CPO’s agenda and the work he’s doing in the meantime to spread the word about the importance of privacy.

Noelle Knell is the executive editor for e.Republic, responsible for setting the overall direction for e.Republic’s editorial platforms, including Government Technology, Governing, Industry Insider, Emergency Management and the Center for Digital Education. She has been with e.Republic since 2011, and has decades of writing, editing and leadership experience. A California native, Noelle has worked in both state and local government, and is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, with majors in political science and American history.
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