CPO Corner—Interviews with Leading Chief Privacy Officers: David Hale, CPO and Senior Counsel, TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation

Vol. 8 No. 4

Ruth Hill Bro chairs the Section’s Membership and Diversity Committee and was the 2008–2009 Section Chair. She can be reached at ruth.bro@comcast.net.

1. What career path led you to your current position (and are you a lawyer)?

I started off as an intellectual property lawyer, and one day a privacy question came up. Soon after, another arose and then another and another until one day I woke up and it was most of my job. Sometime after that my title was updated to reflect the privacy role.

2. What is the name of your department, and where is it positioned within the organization (do you report to the GC, CEO, CIO, etc.)?

I report to the General Counsel, and the Privacy Office is within the legal department.

3. How many people in your organization are tasked with some aspect of privacy compliance, and what are their job functions? Consider direct reports and budgetary responsibility, as well as those outside your group.

There are a dozen or so individuals that address privacy compliance issues as a specific part of their job duties, but in a financial services organization, the caretaking of personal information is a major responsibility of every employee.

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