The Department of Homeland Security has created a committee
designed to give to the agency “expert advice” on maintaining privacy, data
integrity and data interoperability in the department’s programs.
Privacy – especially dealing with the Homeland Security Department – has been a big
issue for the trucking industry since the Transportation Security
Administration issued rules requiring truckers with hazmat endorsements to
undergo fingerprint-based background checks. The TSA is part of Homeland
truckers are required to submit not only fingerprints, but also a large amount
of personal information, including their Social Security numbers, all of which
could be used by someone attempting to steal their identities.
states, the collection of that information – and the fingerprints – is being
conducted by private contractors instead of federal or state officials.
Twenty people have been appointed to the Data Privacy and Integrity
Advisory Committee at the
recommendation of Nuala O’Connor Kelly, the chief privacy
officer for Homeland Security.
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 visitors of the United States,” Kelly
said in a statement.
members of the committee include a number of university faculty, government
officials and officers of private corporations, as well as other organizations
that deal with privacy issues. Among the members are:
- Joseph Alhadeff, vice president and chief privacy officer at Oracle Corp.,
- J. Howard Beales, associate professor at George Washington University,
- James W. Harper, editor and executive director of Privacilla.org and
director of information policy studies at the Cato Institute, Washington, DC;
- Joanne McNabb, chief of the Office of Privacy Protection at the California
Department of Consumer Affairs, Sacramento, CA;
- Michael Turner, president and senior scholar at
the Information Policy Institute, New York City; and
- Samuel Wright, senior vice president of government relations at Cendant
Corp., Washington, DC.
is scheduled to meet April 6 in Washington, DC.