Mary Ellen Callahan has been named as the Department of Homeland Security’s chief privacy officer.
“Our Privacy Office is viewed as a leader in the federal government in public outreach and as model for Privacy Impact Assessments,” says DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano in a prepared statement. “I look forward to the skill and experience Mary Ellen will bring to this robust and important office.”
Callahan is currently a partner at Hogan & Hartson, LLP, where she specialized in privacy, security, data protection, consumer protection, and e-commerce law for more than 10 years. She is also co-chair of the Online Privacy Alliance, and as vice-chair of the American Bar Association’s Privacy and Information Security Committee of the Antitrust Division.