former privacy officer of Web advertising company DoubleClick
will be the Department of Homeland Security's first privacy
czar, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announced April
O'Connor Kelly, 34, will oversee programs that involve collecting
and using U.S. citizens' personal information. She's expected
to be involved in background check regulations affecting
truckers, particularly hazmat drivers. She currently serves
as a Commerce Department attorney.
Kelly joined DoubleClick in February 2000 after the Federal
Trade Commission began to investigate complaints that the
company was improperly storing and sharing private user data.
DoubleClick also was the subject of similar investigations
by 12 state attorneys general and several class-action lawsuits.
settled most of those lawsuits and created a division specializing
in privacy compliance, which O'Connor Kelly ran.
DHS, O'Connor Kelley will be responsible for privacy protection
issues that arise under the controversial CAPPS II proposal,
a Transportation Security Administration plan to create an
electronic passenger-screening network to examine the background
of anyone who makes an airline reservation.
other federal efforts to gain more information about citizens
have been criticized. The Department of Defense's "Total
Information Awareness" program would have created a
database of consumer financial transactions combined with
other publicly available data.
said it would suspend project funding unless the administration
could demonstrate that it would not violate constitutional
privacy rights. A White House report on the issue is due