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Woman in Tech of the Week (2/1/17): Michelle Dennedy, Cisco Systems Inc.

Woman in Tech of the Week (2/1/17)

Michelle Dennedy, VP and Chief Privacy Officer, Cisco Systems Inc.

Sun Microsystems Inc. Chief Executive Scott McNealy’s infamous statement in 1999, “You have zero privacy…. Get over it,” has long been a go-to quote for those looking to highlight the dangers of technology’s potential to intrude on personal lives in unintended ways.

But for the privacy advocates, developers and others who are working to define and design the interactions between technologies and people’s private lives, the real situation isn’t nearly as definitive as McNealy’s declaration.

Michelle Dennedy, vice president and chief privacy officer at Cisco Systems Inc., was McNealy’s privacy chief when he made that statement, she recalled in an interview with Jeff Frick, co-host of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s mobile live streaming studio.

They talked at a Data Privacy Day event held Thursday by the National Cyber Security Alliance at the San Francisco headquarters of Twitter Inc., a sponsor of the event. Data Privacy Day is an annual celebration to recognize the Jan. 28, 1981, signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty concerning privacy and data protection.

This week, theCUBE spotlights Michelle Dennedy in our Women In Tech feature.

Read more about Michelle here.

Be sure to follow Michelle on Twitter (@mdennedy), and check out more of SiliconANGLE and theCUBE’s coverage of Twitter’s Data Privacy Day event.

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