Richard Purcell

Corporate Privacy Officer
Microsoft Corporation

As corporate privacy officer for Microsoft Corp., Richard Purcell is responsible for effectively incorporating Microsoft's commitment to the protection of individual privacy into the company's policies, systems, products and services. This includes working with industry, customers and colleagues to ensure that all consumers have superior levels of control over their personal information through policies and privacy-enabling technologies.

Reporting directly to Chief Technical Officer Craig Mundie, Purcell is charged with promoting information protection to advance consumer trust in computing. As part of that mission, Purcell oversees the Microsoft Corporate Privacy Group and the Microsoft Privacy Task Force, whose contributing members represent all business groups within Microsoft and meet regularly to ensure alignment with the company's overarching privacy commitments.

After nearly a decade of experience at Microsoft in a variety of capacities, Purcell possesses an innate understanding of how privacy issues touch all areas of Microsoft business. Before assuming his current role in January 2000, Purcell managed customer databases for the company, where he developed his passion for protecting customer information.

As Microsoft's principal privacy representative, Purcell has served on the Federal Trade Commission's Advisory Committee on Security and Access and currently serves on the board of directors for the privacy seal program TRUSTe. He also has led several national training seminars and lectured extensively on corporate privacy worldwide.

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