While the US reports 22 million new people unemployed in four weeks, parts of Europe are slowly opening up again after the peak of the Corona-virus seems to have been reached. That doesn’t mean however the end of mandatory working from home is already in sight. From a privacy perspective, the discussion now also seems to have turned to mobile apps that could possibly be used to contain the spread of COVID-19. This has even caused Apple and Google to cooperate, to build in new functionality into their operation systems to assist contact monitoring. But obviously lots of data still is required, which requires proper protections to be put in place. This is one of the many topics we discussed with Lillian Russell, Chief Privacy Officer for the County of Los Angeles. 

As someone who manages privacy in one of the largest metropolitan areas (third largest economy in the world) and who crosses every area of privacy in existence, Lilly brings an experienced and insightful voice to our current events. During this frank and unscripted conversation, we touched on a variety of hard topics, such as the challenges in a multigenerational workforce who is suddenly cast into an unfamiliar work environment.  We were curious how people are managing those “water cooler conversations” that are so important to relationships and informal problem-solving.

We also learned from Lilly her favorite privacy control and why. Of course, “favorite” depends on the circumstances – she is a lawyer. In discussing the rapid evolution of data collection and use we are experiencing, Lilly pondered “Is this redefining privacy in a way we did not anticipate?” We think so. Privacy is certainly more top of mind for the general public than we have typically seen. Listen on your favorite podcast platform or stream the episode below. 



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