About PRIVOPCON and Sarah
MISSION AND PURPOSE
The Purpose of PRIVOPCON is to improve the overall handling and protection of Personal Information through teaching and guiding Privacy teams. My Mission is to spread knowledge and best practices to as many people as I can to help them deeply understand the fast developing (and not always clear) Privacy regulatory landscape, as well as the application of these rules to lightning-fast evolving technologies.
I've been lucky to have a busy and exciting 15-year career using my law degree in various interesting positions. After a few years of traditional practice, I moved into roles where I could use my legal training with my problem-solving and efficiency-loving brain to build and operationalize new programs, divisions, and capabilities that were subject to specific regulatory and policy requirements - but also to build them in ways that supported growth through systematic and scalable processes. I "fell" into the Privacy and Data Protection law landscape in 2016 and it became my passion. Since then I have worked in both client-facing and internal roles, in widely varying industries, with both US and International Privacy and Data Protection requirements. All while keeping up with innovations in technology that affect applications of these laws.
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The main areas I focus on are developing internal trainings around Privacy legal and policy requirements, Personal Information definitions and uses, Privacy Risk Assessment Processes, and facilitating communication between Business Units for efficient Privacy and Data Protection compliance efforts. Often, many of the definitions and requirements are new or different than traditional understanding. One of the most important ways to support improving Personal Information handling and protection is to help individuals and teams understand not only the legal and policy requirements, but to truly grasp what that means in their own business units and day-to-day operations. Knowing this is why I wanted to become an IAPP Official Training Partner for the CIPP/US and CIPM Certifications and to support companies in a consulting role. There aren't enough Privacy Professionals in the market to fill all of the hundreds (and growing) of open positions, so teaching individuals this information will make a significant impact on getting well-trained professionals prepared to fill these roles.
Being a Privacy Professional and Lawyer with years of real-world experience in assorted positions allows me to teach from the rules and definitions perspective, but also to help individuals understand the practical application of the rules to actual situations. I know firsthand many of the challenges building a Privacy Program can hold, and I know many ways to problem-solve or approach these challenges which makes me a well-informed and valuable Privacy Training Professional.