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Nuala O'Connor

Center for Democracy & Technology
President & CEO
Nuala O’Connor is the President & CEO of the Center for Democracy &
Technology. She is an internationally recognized expert in Internet and
technology policy, particularly in the areas of privacy and information
governance. Nuala is passionate about the ways technology and the Internet can
be instruments of global free expression and individual freedom, and she is
committed to finding policy solutions that affect real people.

Nuala has experience in both the public and private sectors. She was the Global
Privacy Leader at General Electric (GE), where she was responsible for privacy
policy and practices across GE’s numerous divisions. She worked at Amazon.com
as Vice President of Compliance & Consumer Trust and Associate General
Counsel for Data & Privacy Protection. And later, Nuala served as Deputy
Director of the Office of Policy & Strategic Planning, Chief Privacy Officer and as
the Chief Counsel for Technology at the US Department of Commerce, where she
worked on global technology policy including Internet governance and industry
best practices.

She became the first statutorily appointed Chief Privacy Officer in federal service
when she was named as the first Chief Privacy Officer at the Department of
Homeland Security.

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Nuala grew up in and around New York City.
She holds an AB from Princeton, an M.Ed. from Harvard, and a JD from
Georgetown University Law Center. She lives in the Washington, DC, area with
her three children.

My Speakers Sessions

Monday, April 18

3:40pm EDT