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Privacy professional speaks at first UNH CEO Forum of the year

Union Leader Correspondent

September 13. 2018 11:14PM
Trevor Hughes, president and CEO of IAPP in Portsmouth, shows off a Kodak Brownie camera, which changed the world's expectations of privacy in public. (KIMBERLEY HAAS/UNION LEADER CORRESPONDENT)

DURHAM — In “The Right to Privacy,” Samuel D. Warren and Louis Brandeis argued that laws need to change to keep up with changes in culture, economics and technology.

That was nearly 130 years ago, when Warren and future Supreme Court Justice Brandeis were addressing the impact of the Kodak Brownie, the first handheld camera marketed to the masses.

The Brownie changed where and when people of power could be captured on film forever, Trevor Hughes told a group of business people Thursday at the first CEO Forum of the academic year at the University of New Hampshire.

Hughes is the president and CEO of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, a Portsmouth nonprofit that has 43,500 members and is adding 1,000 new members a month because of rapid changes in regulations.

About 40 percent of members are lawyers, but anyone who houses data needs to understand how to handle private information, Hughes said.

In modern times, technology is moving so fast even social norms can’t keep up, and companies like Facebook make decisions about privacy before laws regarding the data they collect are even contemplated, he said.

Facebook, one of the association’s members, has 2.2 billion active monthly users, Hughes said.

Christian churches, in comparison, have 2.42 billion members.

“It is really powerful to see something as big as the Christian faith has emerged in 15 years,” Hughes said.

The association, which has 165 employees globally, aims to create an environment that is focused on the whole person, Hughes said. It offers three months of paid family leave for women and men who start families. There is no vacation limit and no dress code. The expense policy reads, “Be frugal. Use good judgment.”

Hughes said opportunities abound in the privacy profession and shared his motto: “Privacy is not dead. It’s hiring.”

The next CEO forum is scheduled for Oct. 11 at Huddleston Hall. John St. Pierre, president and CEO of Legacy Global Sports in Portsmouth, will be speaking.

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