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Officials call for privacy czar

Privacy officials urged lawmakers to legislate a chief privacy officer position at the Office of Management and Budget to oversee federal privacy issues. Rather than mandating a privacy officer at every agency, as with the Homeland Security Department, Congress should establish the position at OMB and then examine agency by agency which ones might also need a mandated position, officials said. “I urge you to create a statutory privacy officer at OMB, an office headed by the chief counselor for privacy,” said Sally Katzen, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School and former policy official under the Clinton administration. “We had such an office and it served us well. It’s unfortunate that the current administration has chosen not to fill that position.” Katzen was testifying Feb. 10 on a panel before the House Judiciary Committee’s Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee. Full Story

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