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Utah Gov. Appoints First Government Operations Privacy Officer

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox has appointed Department of Human Services Director Christopher Bramwell as the state’s first Department of Government Operations privacy officer. He will focus on protecting residents’ personal data.

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Utah Gov. Spencer Cox has appointed Christopher Bramwell as the Department of Government Operations’ first privacy officer.

According to a release from the governor’s office, the Utah Legislature created the role during its most recent legislative session to protect residents’ personal data.

As privacy officer, Bramwell will be responsible for surveying and compiling information about state agencies’ privacy practices to discern which poses a risk to individual privacy. He will also work with the personal privacy oversight commission and state privacy officer to provide government privacy practice reports and recommendations.

Prior to his new role, Bramwell served as the director of information privacy and security for the Utah Department of Human Services. During that time, he and his team led the creation and management of information privacy, security and compliance programs.

Before that, he worked for the Utah Department of Technology Services as an information security analyst and the United States Department of Homeland Security as an information technology specialist.

“I am honored and humbled by this opportunity,” Bramwell said in a release. “I look forward to serving the citizens of Utah and helping create the programs that will hold the state accountable for the use of Utahns’ personal data and information.”