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Nuala O'Connor - Commissioner

Nuala O’Connor is the President & CEO of the Center for Democracy and Technology. She is an internationally recognized expert in Internet and technology policy, particularly in the areas of privacy and information governance. 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. Prior to joining CDT, she worked at as Vice President of Compliance & Consumer Trust and Associate General Counsel for Data & Privacy Protection. Nuala’s time in the technology sector began at DoubleClick, where she was part of a team of professionals brought in to address public outcry over the advertising giant’s proposal to merge on-­  and offline  data sets. 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 school-­ aged children.



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