DHS official speaks out on privacy concerns

01/27/2009 | NYTimes.com

Hugo Teufel, the outgoing chief privacy officer at the Department of Homeland Security, says Europeans routinely accept invasions of privacy that Americans would find "odious," including national ID cards and the requirement to register with local police. To address Americans' heightened concerns over privacy, Teufel says transparency is key. "Transparency lets the public understand the implications of those decisions and shows the public how well the agency has built in privacy, whether or not Congress considered the privacy implications when it passed the legislation."

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