Kent Wada is UCLA chief privacy officer and director, strategic IT policy for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Designated as campus’s first chief privacy officer in 2012, Kent addresses foundational privacy issues that have broad impact on the campus community and the University mission through his role on the executive committee of the UCLA Board on Privacy and Data Protection. He collaborates closely with campus counsel, the chief information security officer, and many others, including the offices that have compliance authority for protection of personal information (chief compliance officer of UCLA Health, registrar, IRB, …), to have UCLA be a good steward of this data.
In his role as director, strategic IT policy for the campus, Kent works broadly with the campus, UC system, and subject matter experts to help shape the institutional agenda for technology policy issues of strategic concern – whether privacy, copyright and illegal file sharing, IT accessibility, information security, or beyond. These issues become part of the campus IT planning and governance process though Kent’s role as a member of the management team of the vice provost, Information Technology and chief academic technology officer.
Kent has held a number of different positions at UCLA since 1990. He put up the first page at www.ucla.edu in 1993, subsequently jointly leading the development of UCLA’s gateway pages through its first three major incarnations; defined campus requirements for a campus IT security officer position and was the first person in this role (1998); co-founded the UC IT Policy and Security Officers committee (2000); jointly led the development of the campus’s strategy for curbing illegal file sharing (2004); helped launch the UCLA Board on Privacy and Data Protection (2005); led UC efforts for The Use of Social Security Numbers in California Colleges and Universities (2010); was designated the campus’s first chief privacy officer (2012); and chaired the working group of the UC President’s Privacy and Information Security initiative (2013) whose recommendations are now being implemented, including the designation of privacy officials and the creation of privacy and information security boards at all ten UC campuses (2014). Kent has participated in or chaired a number of campus, systemwide, and national advisory and policy committees during this time.
Kent’s personal interest continues to be in the application of emergent technologies to people’s lives in a manner respectful of civil liberties in the digital realm, enabling individuals to participate fully as digital citizens. Kent often speaks on current topics related to his work.
Kelly Arruda, Project Manager, Privacy and Governance
Barbara Woltag, Assistant to Kent Wada