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Home > Past Releases and Reports > Privacilla Editor Named to Department of Homeland Security Privacy Panel


For Immediate Release
February 23, 2005

Contact: Jim Harper

(202) 218-4602

http://www.privacilla.org

Privacilla Editor Named to Department of Homeland Security Privacy Panel

Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee Will Advise DHS on Privacy, Data Integrity, and Data Interoperability Programs

Washington, D.C. — Privacilla.org Editor Jim Harper has been named to the Department of Homeland Security's Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. He is one of twenty members of the new panel.

"My work on the Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee will be both challenging and gratifying," said Harper. "I expect to ask tough questions about homeland security efforts that use personal and privately held data. I will learn a lot, and the Department of Homeland Security will learn a lot from me."

In addition to editing Privacilla, Harper is Director of Information Policy Studies at the Cato Institute. He is a regular and vocal critic of government surveillance programs because of the threat they pose to the privacy and civil liberties of ordinary Americans.

"This Committee will provide the Department with important recommendations on how to further the Department's mission while protecting the privacy of personally identifiable information of citizens and guests of the United States," said Nuala O’Connor Kelly, the Department of Homeland Security's Chief Privacy Officer. "This committee of diverse perspectives and interests will play an important role in advancing the national discourse on privacy and homeland security."

Harper is one of few dedicated privacy advocates on the panel, which includes representatives of the corporate, academic, and legal/consulting communities.

"This Committee is a welcome opportunity to serve my country and help solve important public policy problems," said Harper. "At the same time, being involved this closely with a federal agency kind of makes me want to take a shower. I have asked friends and family members to beat me up if I change or mute my advocacy for privacy, civil liberties, and freedom."

Privacilla.org (http://www.privacilla.org) is an innovative Web site that captures "privacy" as a public policy issue. Privacilla has been described as a "privacy policy portal" and an "online think-tank."

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