DHS Privacy Office Goes Transparent

by on June 9, 2009 · 9 comments

The Department of Homeland Security’s Privacy Office sez:

On his first full day in office, President Obama directed his administration to seek an “unprecedented level of openness in government.” In the spirit of openness and transparency consistent with the directives of the administration and with her personal philosophy, the Chief Privacy Officer of the Department of Homeland Security would like to engage in quarterly updates on privacy activities in the Department for the privacy advocacy community. The inaugural Privacy Information for Advocates (PIA) will be held in person on Friday, June 19, 2009, in the DHS Privacy Office located at 1621 N. Kent Street, Suite 900 in Rosslyn, VA. The update will begin at 3:00 pm. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Lynn Parker at Lynn[dot]Parker1[at]dhs[dot]gov before noon on Wednesday, June 17. RSVPs are required in order to confirm participation.

I have a quibble with the acronym – heh heh – “PIA” is also the acronym for “Privacy Impact Assessment.” But if you carefully use context to discern meaning, you’ll probably figure out when people are talking about the meeting versus when they are talking about the document.

But people who are not “in the know” won’t understand the difference, and as to them your power and authority will rise until you reach the status of privacy demi-god.

Oh, whatever. Just go to the meeting.

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