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WV State Privacy Office

100 Dee Drive
Charleston, WV 25311

304-558-7000 Phone
304-558-7001 Fax

 Privacy Tips

Department Privacy Officers – What do they do?




You keep advising me to consult my department’s Privacy Officer (PO) for questions that I might have. What exactly does a Privacy Officer do?



Your Privacy Officer should act as your first contact for any questions you might have. They have resources specific to your department. Also, did you know:

  • Your Privacy Officer welcomes questions.
  • Your Privacy Officer can help you understand privacy and security rules for any particular situation. For example, ask questions when you have a new assignment or begin using or collecting different kinds of personally identifiable information (PII).
  • West Virginia’s State Privacy Office also has information and tips available to you, including policies and procedures. http://www.privacy.wv.gov/

    Some of their other responsibilities include:

  • Training and education of department employees on privacy policies and procedures.
  • Monitoring federal and state privacy laws to ensure departmental compliance.
  • Tailoring privacy policy templates to meet department-specific privacy laws and needs.
  • Ensuring privacy incidents are thoroughly investigated.
  • Reporting to the Cabinet Secretary, Chief Privacy Officer, and other officials on incident outcomes and resolutions.


For a list of all department privacy officers and coordinators, click HERE.


Note:  Your agency/bureau/department/division may have specific requirements – always check your policies and procedures.  If you have questions, contact your Privacy Official.

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