Each week we give you an inside look at the talented, knowledgeable and friendly people who work at TRUSTe. This week’s Meet TRUSTe post will introduce you to one of our privacy consulting team members.
Name: Andrew McDevitt
Job Title: Senior Privacy Consultant – CIPM, CIPP/E/G/US
How long have you been a consultant at TRUSTe? I have been with the company for 9 months.
Tell us about your role at TRUSTe. I serve on an excellent team of privacy consultants that work with our diverse clients to help them address specific data privacy compliance and risk challenges. I spend a lot of my time working with clients on projects focused on employee data privacy, especially in the context of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s EU/Swiss Safe Harbor Program. I also work on education and healthcare oriented privacy engagements and serve as a subject matter expert to support our Data Privacy Management Platform (DPM Platform) product development team.
Tell us about your background in privacy and why you decided to get CIPP certified? Over the past 17 years, I’ve worked in US federal and state government relations roles within the business process outsourcing and software industries with a special focus on employee management related compliance and risk matters. Given the tremendous amount of employee level data that some of my previous employers managed on behalf of other organizations, the advances in technology I was observing and the growing data breach events being reported by the press in all business sectors, I became extremely interested in data privacy issues. In 2011, I earned the CIPP/US certification. Over the course of the following three years, I also took and passed the CIPP/E, CIPP/G and the CIPM exams with the intent of transitioning into the data privacy consulting world. I essentially made the decision that I wanted to dedicate the rest of my career to helping various organizations establish or improve their privacy practices and risk postures. This is because I think privacy is one of the biggest global public policy issues of our time.
What do you think are the top privacy challenges for companies? I think the ability to effectively manage third party partner/vendor risk is currently one of the biggest privacy challenges for many organizations. The other major challenge is for management teams to truly incorporate privacy into the mindset of their organization’s workforce.
What do you like most about working at TRUSTe? The culture of the TRUSTe team is amazing to me! Everyone I have worked with has a “can do” attitude, is extremely dedicated to solving customer problems and is deeply interested in data privacy matters. I have also found all of my teammates to be very approachable and extremely down to earth.
What do you do for fun when you’re not working? I enjoy spending time with my family and supporting their activities and interests. International travel is a passion of mine and South America has been a favorite destination in recent years. I am also interested in K-12 education policy and served several years on an advisory committee to support my local school board.