NASCIO Releases Progress Report on State Chief Privacy Officer Role

Lexington, Ky., Wednesday, June 15, 2022 — The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) today released Privacy Progressing: How the State Chief Privacy Officer Role is Growing and Evolving. This publication is a follow up to the 2019 report Perspectives on Privacy: A Survey and Snapshot of the Growing State Chief Privacy Officer Role. Since 2019, the number of states with a chief privacy officer has grown from 12 to 21, reflecting the importance of this role. The report includes data collected from state CPOs, advice from current CPOs and recommendations for state privacy programs and officials.

“As states continue to evolve their privacy programs and positions, this publication gives critical ‘advice from the trenches’ and data that will help states along their privacy journey,” said Amy Glasscock, CIPM, NASCIO Program Director, Innovation and Emerging Issues.

Other findings from the report include:

  • Law degrees continue to be the most common among state CPOs with 76 percent of respondents holding a law degree
  • Fifty-three percent of respondents have authority over the executive branch
  • The number of CPO roles established via statute increased from three in 2019 to five in 2022
  • Eighty-eight percent of CPOs report their role is both policy and operational focused
  • Only one state reported a defined budget for privacy initiatives

The report can be found in NASCIO’s Resource Center.


NASCIO Contact

Meredith Ward
Director of Policy and Research
National Association of State Chief Information Officers
[email protected]