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Meet TRUSTe: Josh Harris, Director of Policy

December 17, 2014

Our latest series will introduce you to a new TRUSTe employee every week to give you an inside look at the talented, knowledgeable and friendly people who work at TRUSTe. 

Name: Josh Harris

Job title: Director of Policy

How long have you worked at TRUSTe?: Nearly three months

Location: I work out of the D.C. office and visit the headquarters in San Francisco every other month. Much of my time is spent traveling to countries in Europe, Asia and Latin America to contribute to the work being done by government and industry on data privacy interoperability.

Describe key current projects: I started my career in privacy in 2006 and worked for the Department of Commerce as Associate Director for the Office of Technology and Electronic Commerce. In that capacity, I headed the US government’s delegation to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation’s Data Privacy Subgroup. After that I was the Policy Director at the Future of Privacy Forum where I continued my work on international data transfers, among other privacy-related topics. Watching APEC evolve and realizing the critical role TRUSTe plays in issuing certifications, I was eager to work with the smart team of privacy pros here to develop solutions to the evolving privacy landscape. Right now I’m focused on building out TRUSTe’s APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules certification system. To date, TRUSTe is the only organization in the world recognized as an APEC-accredited certifier to this standard.

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