Last year, the National Cybersecurity Alliance expanded international Data Privacy Day to Data Privacy Week, marking the growing importance of prioritizing data privacy for individuals and organizations. To celebrate this observance and learn more about how Dell Technologies views privacy, we spoke with Sommer Coutu, Dell’s Chief Privacy Officer.
Tell us about your background and what drew you to the chief privacy officer role.
Sommer Coutu: I joined Dell over ten years ago and always appreciated the way we embrace ethics and compliance as core tenets of our business. After all, the Ethisphere Institute named Dell one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies 10 times. I’ve carried these values throughout my various legal roles, most recently in supporting our sales teams where I guided them on conducting business compliantly and with integrity. I instill the principles of ethics and compliance across teams not only because it’s the right thing to do, but also because it builds trust and is foundational for how we do business.
As Dell’s business and the world evolved, I saw how these values are also cornerstones to privacy. In my previous legal role supporting the sales team, I gained extensive insight into the importance of privacy to our customers. They expect the companies they work with will honor and respect their privacy and will incorporate it into all the ways they do business. I was excited about the opportunity to lead our privacy team to evolve with our customers’ expectations and ensure Dell infuses privacy into the fabric of how we conduct ourselves. Given the scope of what that entails, this role offers me the opportunity to work collaboratively across our global organization to get this done.
What does privacy mean to you?
Sommer Coutu: When I think about privacy, three words come to mind: transparency, choice and control. Every individual wants to feel they can trust the companies they do business with to protect their… Source www.dell.com