IR-2003-101, Aug. 18, 2003
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service announced today the appointment of Maya A. Bernstein as the agency’s Privacy Advocate. The Privacy Advocate develops policies to protect taxpayer and IRS employee privacy and ensures that they are integrated into all IRS practices and modernization efforts. The Privacy Advocate also ensures that taxpayers and employees are aware of their privacy rights.
“We are fortunate indeed to have someone with Maya’s level of expertise directing the IRS’s privacy office,” said David R. Williams, Chief of the Communications and Liaison division, of which the Office of the Privacy Advocate is part. “As technology enables the IRS to modernize, privacy becomes an ever more important issue.”
Bernstein, an attorney, has special expertise in information policy and electronic commerce, including data protection, privacy compliance and electronic signature law. She comes to the IRS from the private sector, where most recently she was a consultant in information policy and administrative law. Before that, she was an associate at a law firm.
She has taught courses and lectured on privacy.
Bernstein earned a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the Washington College of Law, American University, pursued graduate study in the program on Science, Technology and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan with honors. She is admitted to the bars of California and the District of Columbia.