May 20, 2004
A bill to be introduced May 20 in the House of Representatives would establish a Chief Privacy Officer for the federal government and designate privacy officers at every federal department and agency. The bill would also set up a Commission on Privacy, Freedom and Homeland Security. "CDT has long argued that appointing privacy officers at federal agencies would help address the concerns posed by new technologies, especially post 9/11," Ari Schwartz, Associate Director of the Center for Democracy & Technology, said. "They won't solve all problems, but they can surface privacy issues internally before they turn into scandals, and they can help ensure existing laws are followed.