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Government Chief Privacy Officer

This role leads an all-of-government approach to privacy to raise public sector privacy maturity and capability.

Who holds this role

Russell Cooke is the Government Chief Privacy Officer (GCPO). The role sits within the Digital Public Service branch of the Department of Internal Affairs, reporting to the Government Chief Digital Officer. 

What the GCPO does

The GCPO is the practice lead for privacy. 

The GCPO supports government agencies to meet their privacy responsibilities and improve their privacy practices. 

The GCPO is responsible for: 

  • providing leadership by setting the vision for privacy across government 
  • building capability by supporting agencies to lift their capability to meet their privacy responsibilities 
  • providing assurance on public sector privacy performance 
  • engaging with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner and New Zealanders about privacy. 

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