A government position with the mandate to protect the privacy of its citizens in the electronic age. Typically, this role is an advisory or ombudsman capacity, at arms' length from government policy. For example, the Privacy Commissioner might help bring a lawsuit against the government or business on behalf of a citizen. It is also common for the Privacy Commissioner to appeal to citizens to adopt encryption as a proactive measure of privacy protection. Obviously, not all countries have such roles. Canada, New Zealand, and Australia have privacy commisioners with varying areas of responsibility. Sources:
  1. http://www.privcom.gc.ca/english/index_e.htm
  2. http://www.privacy.gov.au/about/index.html
  3. http://www.privacy.org.nz/top.html

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