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by Ellen Messmer, Network World

DHS Names Privacy Chief

Feb 20, 20091 min
CareersIT Leadership

Callahan is a lawyer and privacy specialist

The Department of Homeland Security this week named Mary Ellen Callahan as the department’s chief privacy officer.

“Homeland security and privacy are not mutually exclusive, and having a seasoned professional like Mary Ellen on the team further ensures that privacy is built into everything we do,” said DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano in a statement. (See also: “Why your company needs a chief privacy officer”)

Callahan is a partner at the law firm Hogan & Hartson LLP and co-chairwoman of the Online Privacy Alliance, a group of corporations and associations that seeks to foster protection of individuals’ privacy online. She is also vice chairwoman of the American Bar Association’s privacy and information security committee of the antitrust division, and holds a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School.