The Department of Homeland Security’s Chief Privacy Officer, Mary Ellen Callahan, is leaving her position, the Wall Street Journal reports. Here’s the DHS press release from when Callahan was appointed. The Journal reports:
Mary Ellen Callahan, the chief privacy officer of the Department of Homeland Security, is leaving the administration to start a new privacy and information governance practice at the law firm Jenner & Block LLP in Washington, D.C.
During Ms. Callahan’s tenure, the DHS privacy office more than doubled in size and conducted more than 200 privacy impact assessments of DHS programs. […]
But she also took some heat from privacy advocates for supporting some of DHS’s more controversial moves, such as the installation of airport body scanners. In February, she testified in Congress defending DHS monitoring of social media. […]
A DHS spokeswoman said Ms. Callahan’s last day in the department would be August 11. Deputy Chief Privacy Officer Jonathan Cantor will serve as the acting chief privacy and chief FOIA officer until a new Chief is appointed, she said.