Washington (Aug. 26, 2003) -- The Internal Revenue Service has appointed Maya A. Bernstein as the agency's privacy advocate.

In her new role, Bernstein is responsible for developing policies to protect taxpayer and IRS employee privacy, and ensuring 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. Previously, she was a senior policy analyst at the Office of Management and Budget.

-- WebCPA staff

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