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WV State Privacy Office

1124 Smith Street
Suite 4300
Charleston, WV 25311

304-766-2646 Phone
304-558-6004 Fax

 About Us

Each year the Governor issues a proclamation declaring January 28 Data Privacy Day to encourage all West Virginia citizens to become more aware of data privacy concerns and to take steps to protect their personal information. In this proclamation, the Governor recognizes  Executive Order 6-06 which gives the chair of the West Virginia Health Care Authority the responsibility to protect the privacy of personally identifiable information collected and maintained by the Executive branch agencies. The West Virginia Health Care Authority staffs and leads the team, and houses the State Privacy Office for the Executive Branch.

The West Virginia Health Care Authority has been directed by the Governor’s Office to lead the privacy-related activities of the Executive Branch Departments under the Governor’s auspices.  The Chief Privacy Officer and Assistant Chief Privacy Officer have been appointed to carry out this program.  In addition, each Department has assigned a Privacy Officer to communicate policies with their agencies and employees, and to further operationalize this program.

An enterprise-wide Privacy Management Team (PMT) has been established to promote the protection of individuals' personally identifiable information (PII) (including protected health information {PHI}) while balancing others' need and right to know. The PMT is comprised of Privacy Officers from each Executive Branch Department, as well as others who lend their expertise to suppor the team's objectives. The Privacy Office and the PMT work together to develop privacy policies and procedures for the Executive Branch Departments.

The PMT works in collaboration with the Governor’s Executive Branch Information Security Team (GEIST) to realize the benefits of secure information flows within and across agencies, in conformance with privacy policies and laws.

The State Privacy Office has led compliance with the Executive Branch’s Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Project since its formation in 2003. We continue to support the Executive Branch's compliance with the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.


Sallie Milam, Chief Privacy Officer                Extension 57624    sallie.h.milam@wv.gov
Lori Tarr, Assistant Chief Privacy Officer       Extension 57616    lori.l.tarr@wv.gov
Sue Haga, Privacy Administrative Secretary  Extension 57626    sue.c.haga@wv.gov
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