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Wanted: Privacy Officer By Statue, Not Discretion, 14.2.04

The Washington Dispatch - Opinion

Whatever one thinks of the Department of Homeland Security and the agencies under its umbrella, one thing that it does have is a Chief Privacy Officer in a statutorily created position.

Naturally, such a post can only be as strong as it is allowed to be by the department or agency it is supposed to monitor. In that sense, while the reviews by privacy advocates of the work done by Nuala O'Connor Kelly, the DHS's Chief Privacy Officer, have been generally positive, they will be forever watchful of her work and that of DHS.

The point is that John Ashcroft had an opportunity to take the lead in providing for stronger oversight the Justice Department's operations both in the wake of 9/11 and then after it had been handed substantial new powers through the USA-PATRIOT Act.

Perhaps had he called for the creation by statute of a Chief Privacy Officer position, privacy advocates might be less edgy in expressing concern about DOJ. They would certainly be vigilant and watchful, but it is also possible there would be more positive and constructive interaction between the two camps.


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"We shall need compromises in the days ahead, to be sure. But these will be, or should be, compromises of issues, not principles. We can compromise our political positions, but not ourselves. We can resolve the clash of interests without conceding our ideals. And even the necessity for the right kind of compromise does not eliminate the need for those idealists and reformers who keep our compromises moving ahead, who prevent all political situations from meeting the description supplied by Shaw: "smirched with compromise, rotted with opportunism, mildewed by expedience, stretched out of shape with wirepulling and putrefied with permeation.
Compromise need not mean cowardice. .."

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, "Profiles in Courage"


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