Why I Became a Privacy Recruiter

Posted by Jeff Pelliccio on Feb 2, 2015 8:28:00 AM

In ICS insights

I have been very fortunate to have a career as a regulatory recruiter where I have partnered with some of the biggest and powerful banks in the world. As a result, Consumer Protection Recruiting became a new path that appeared before me. A path of an evolving and developing landscape requiring intelligence, business sense, and the necessity to innovate in order to excel, this new path is now called Privacy Recruitment.

Privacy is cutting edge, and it is expanding and emerging rapidly. Privacy Officers continue to educate me on the uses for data on how that affects the average person.  Privacy’s developing technology is needed now more than ever. It is not for those who are protecting their wrongs; it is for all of us that want to block the world from profiling us as a piece of data rather than a person.

Today, Privacy officers are asked to be subject matter experts on Privacy, Data Management, Information Governance, etc. Expertise in these areas can mitigate some of the biggest risk to our most powerful brands in the world. These companies that drive our free markets are finding themselves in a war on talent for the best and the brightest Privacy officers. The moment when a corporate executive has the realization of opportunity or risk, depending on how the data is used, is the moment my job becomes exciting.

I realize when the new search comes in and the phone starts dialing, I remember why I became a Privacy recruiter. I get the opportunity to change a company, an industry, a market and how the world looks at Privacy. The Privacy officer is emerged in a fierce battle on how our information is shared, and ultimately what the world is allowed and not allowed to know about us.

As Data develops, we are all still trying to quantify what it all really means and how it should be used. Data is continuing to expand and in a few years, we may have a completely different perspective than how we do today. Some questions for thought are; Can data be traded, can it be a currency, will we be walking around in a terminator that attaches data driven devices to our body? Ok, maybe that last one went a little too far, but it may not be too far off either. These are questions that are just on the tip of the iceberg. As I continue to recruit in Privacy, I look forward to the journey.