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Homeland Security Turns To Private Sector For Advice On IT Privacy

Department names members to a new committee that will advise on technological issues affecting privacy, as well as data integrity and interoperability.

The Department of Homeland Security is tapping the private sector to get advice on data privacy. The department Wednesday named 20 members to the newly formed Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee, which will advise Secretary Michael Chertoff and chief privacy officer Nuala O'Connor Kelly on program, policy, operational, and technological issues that affect privacy, data integrity, and data interoperability.

Panel members come from companies of various sizes, academia, and nonprofits. They have expertise in privacy, security, and emerging technologies and are expected to help with data-protection, openness, technology, and national-security issues. "The diversity of experience and perspectives represented by this committee will play an important role in advancing the national discourse on privacy and homeland security," O'Connor Kelly said in a prepared statement.

The department received more than 129 applications from perspective members. O'Connor Kelly's office reviewed the applications, and she offered her recommendations to then-Secretary Tom Ridge, who approved them.

Advisory committee meetings will be held quarterly, with the first meeting on April 6 in Washington. Some future meetings will be held in other locations around the country. Some of the proceedings, and information generated from the panel's activities, may be kept private because of classification and information-protection laws.

O'Connor Kelly serves as the committee's sponsor; Rebecca Richards, director of privacy compliance, serves as its executive director.

Committee members are:

  • Joseph Alhadeff, VP and chief privacy officer at Oracle
  • Ramon Barquin, president of Barquin International
  • J. Howard Beales, associate professor at George Washington University
  • D. Reed Freeman, chief privacy officer and VP at Claria
  • James W. Harper, editor/executive director at Privacilla.org and director of information policy studies at the Cato Institute
  • Kirk Herath, chief privacy officer and associate general counsel at Nationwide
  • David A. Hoffman, group counsel and director of privacy at Intel
  • Lance Hoffman, research professor at George Washington University
  • Tara Lemmey, CEO at Lens Ventures
  • Joseph Leo, VP at SAIC
  • John Marsh, professor at George Mason University School of Law
  • Joanne McNabb, chief of the Office of Privacy Protection at the California Department of Consumer Affairs
  • Charles Palmer, department group manager for security, networking, and privacy at IBM
  • Richard Purcell, CEO at Corporate Privacy Group
  • Paul Samuel Rosenzweig, senior legal research fellow at the Heritage Foundation
  • John Thomas Sabo, manager for security, privacy, and trust initiatives at Computer Associates
  • James Sheehan, general counsel at Milton Hershey School
  • Lisa Sotto, partner and head of regulatory privacy and information-management practice group at Hunton & Williams
  • Michael Turner, president and senior scholar at the Information Policy Institute
  • Samuel Wright, senior VP for government relations at Cendant

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