Mary Ellen Callahan, Chief Privacy Officer of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), was recently published in the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars‘ Canada Institute publication, One Issue Two Voices. In the article, Privacy and Information Sharing: The Search for an Intelligent Border, Callahan and Wesley Wark of the University of Toronto’s Munk Institute explore the complex issue of protecting citizens’ personal information while simultaneously protecting a nation through its security measures. They do this both from an American and a Canadian perspective.
The Privacy Office’s mission is to protect privacy, particularly an individual’s personal information and dignity. This can prove to be a difficult and sometimes controversial topic, as illustrated by the recent media coverage of Thanksgiving’s full-body scanner protesters.
If privacy and/or security are your area of expertise, or if you’re interested in learning more, there is a possibility that we will be holding a digital video conference (DVC) with Mary Ellen Callahan in the near future. Please contact us if you are interested in attending. Please make sure to include your name, title and organization, contact information, and if possible, a brief bio.