Indiana University has hired Peter Sand as its first chief privacy officer. He will lead privacy efforts, including IU’s compliance with the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Sand is also responsible for handling and protecting institutional and personal data in accordance with state and federal laws and industry best practices.

He has more than 25 years of experience in law, technology, privacy and policy. Sand most recently served as senior manager of privacy and customer trust at Amazon Lab126 in Sunnyvale, California, where he worked on the complex privacy issues related to Amazon’s customer-facing devices and its Alexa digital assistant. Sand spent 17 years working in technology and privacy-related positions in state and federal government and also served as executive director of privacy for MGM Resorts International.

The new chief privacy officer position is a joint role between the IU Office of General Counsel, Office of the Executive Vice President for University Clinical Affairs, Office of the Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, and Office of the Vice President for Research.

Sand said he relishes the energy, intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm of higher education and is excited to join IU. He will maintain offices on the Indianapolis and Bloomington campuses.

Sand earned his law degree and his undergraduate degree in the Honors Program and English from Villanova University. He has taken additional graduate coursework from the National Intelligence University and Naval Postgraduate School.

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