Peter Cullen


As GM Trustworthy Computing at Microsoft Corp., Peter Cullen is directly responsible for managing the development and implementation of programs that bolster the trustworthiness of Microsoft® products, services, processes and systems worldwide. Cullen leads Microsoft’s TwC Governance team consisting of privacy & safety, geopolitical and accessibility experts, all committed to enhancing customers’ trust in computing experiences. He also leads practice areas of Risk, Policy and Compliance management. Cullen brings more than a decade of expertise in corporate governance, privacy and data protection and risk management to his role as well as extensive background in building sound organizational practices. In 2003, Cullen was honored with the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ (IAPP) Vanguard Award for Privacy Innovation for his contributions to the privacy profession. During his tenure at Microsoft, Cullen has been a leading advocate for strong, innovative and effective information policy safeguards for personal information, privacy and data, as well as technologies, services and processes that enhance trust, safety and ease of use. He meets regularly with industry and public policy leaders to advance policy agendas and is a frequent speaker at conferences, both in the U.S. and internationally. Before joining Microsoft in July 2003, Cullen served as the corporate privacy officer for the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), a first for a Canadian financial institution where he was responsible for developing and influencing  initiatives relevant to the RBC Financial Group’s strategic approach to privacy. Cullen holds an MBA with distinction from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. He is married with two adult children. In his personal time, Cullen enjoys practicing his passion for the culinary arts, golfing and skiing.

Talk Title: 
Data protection frameworks fit for 'Big Data'
Talk Abstract: 

Data is rapidly changing how companies operate, offering them new business opportunities as they generate increasingly sophisticated insights from the analysis of an ever-increasing pool of information. Today’s technology enabled data analysis and use are providing rich value added scenarios and services to consumers, business and society in general. Businesses have clearly moved beyond a focus on data collection to data use, but users of data  and consumers  have an inadequate model of notice and consent at the point of data collection to limit  inappropriate use or enable appropriate and value added use. A flexible system encompassing a newer public policy model built for a data rich society, paired with an interoperable metadata-based architecture that allows permissions and policies to be bound to data, and a flexible permission system engaging consumers will allow for changing trust norms, help balance the tension between users and business, satisfy regulators’ desire for increased transparency, and still enable data to flow in ways that provide value to all participants in the ecosystem.