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About the Chief Privacy Officer

Michael Fitzpatrick

Chief Privacy Officer, City of New York

Michael Fitzpatrick is the Chief Privacy Officer (CPO) of the City of New York (NYC).  As CPO, Michael leads the Office of Information Privacy (OIP) within the Office of Technology and Innovation (OTI).  Michael’s responsibilities include advising the Mayor, Chief Technology Officer, and other senior officials on privacy policy, implementing the NYC Identifying Information Law and promulgating Citywide policies and protocols regarding the collection, retention, and disclosure of identifying information, advancing strategies for critical policies and programs that involve identifying information and data sharing, and facilitating best practices for strengthening privacy protection in NYC.  Michael and the OIP also train and counsel the 175+ Agency Privacy Officers in NYC on privacy matters, including privacy aspects of suspected and known incidents involving unauthorized collection, access, acquisition, use, or disclosure of identifying information while working collaboratively with the Office of Cyber Command and other city officials responsible for managing the City’s incident investigation, response, and recovery processes.        

Prior to his appointment as the City’s CPO, Michael served as Executive Agency Counsel and Agency Privacy Officer (APO) at the New York City Police Department (NYPD).  As NYPD APO, Michael was responsible for leading the NYPD privacy program for its over 50,000 employees, serving as the NYPD privacy law specialist, and providing strategic advice across all functions of the agency on privacy issues and risk mitigation.  Michael also served on the Executive Security Committee of the NYPD and advised on legal procedures and requirements relating to computer security incidents.  Michael represented the NYPD on the NYC Privacy Protection Committee and was appointed in 2021 to serve on the Executive Privacy Committee of the Counsel to the Mayor.  Before serving as NYPD APO, Michael was an embedded Agency Attorney within the NYPD Intelligence Bureau where he advised on complex criminal and counterterrorism investigations, as well as compliance with the Handschu consent decree governing NYPD investigations involving political activity.  

In November 2021, Michael was appointed by the United States Secretary of Homeland Security to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. In this capacity, Michael provides advice requested by the Secretary and DHS Chief Privacy Officer relating to personally identifiable information, data integrity, and other privacy issues associated with the DHS mission. 

Michael holds a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, a M.S. from New York University in Cybersecurity Risk and Strategy, and a B.S. from Manhattan College in Business Administration.  Michael also holds Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) certifications from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).