Privacy and Tech; Is It Time To Freak Out Yet?

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Privacy and Tech; Is It Time To Freak Out Yet?

Michelle Finneran Dennedy

I’m going to go out on a limb and say “Michelle makes Privacy cool, maybe even attractive.”

“If you have customers, or want customers, you really need to be thinking about privacy up front. It can no longer be an afterthought.” Michelle Finneran Dennedy

I’ve been thinking about privacy a fair bit. And in talking to some entrepreneurs, that have an app, they are hell bent on collecting data, but haven’t really thought through their data strategy. 

What can I collect? How? Where is it stored? 

Too often I hear; yeah well Google and Meta does it therefore I can right? 


I sense a perfect storm might be brewing. The collection of data, the ability to process it, the ability to piece it all together, and the ability to profile people from it.

In intrigued me to the point that I thought I really need to talk to someone about it. I don’t mean old mate down at the pub who’s typically response is; 

Yeah na mate, I don’t really care what they know about me, I’m just not that interesting. 

This podcast isn’t for old mate.

This podcast is for people that are interested in the in’s and outs of privacy from an expert that not only wrote the book on the topic, started the Chief privacy functions of some of the largest companies, but has gone out on a limb, to start her own company hell bent on educating people about privacy and ensuring the next generation of leaders get their privacy strategies, documented, ethically tested, and are sustainably sound. 

She makes Privacy sound cool. I really didn’t think that was possible.

Michelle Finneran Dennedy

Michelle literally wrote the book on privacy engineering that raised a generation of ethical, empathetic, and business-minded privacy professionals. She is currently the CEO and Co-Founder of, a start-up privacy engineering platform for business-focused privacy teams.

Before PrivacyCode, she held seminal Chief Privacy Officer roles at Cisco, McAfee/Intel, and Sun Microsystems. She also served as CEO of the data company Drumwave.

She holds a JD from the Fordham University School of Law.

Follow Michelle on Twitter: @mdennedy.


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