Sidebar: CPOs on the Rise?

Late 2000: 67 chief privacy officers attend the first meeting of the Association of Corporate Privacy Officers.

2001: At least 100 businesses employ CPOs, according to Alan F. Westin, president of nonprofit Privacy & American Business.

2003: The two largest CPO organizations merge to form the International Association of Privacy Professionals, which claims membership of more than 1,000.

2004: Westin estimates the number of U.S. CPOs at 2,000 but says most are narrowly focused on compliance issues.

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