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Karen Neuman

Karen Neuman

Ms. Neuman was appointed Chief Privacy Officer and Chief Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Officer in September 2013.  Ms. Neuman serves as the principal advisor to the DHS Secretary on privacy policy.  She is also responsible for evaluating department-wide programs, systems, technologies and rule-makings for potential privacy impacts, and for providing mitigation strategies to reduce those impacts.  She has extensive expertise in domestic and international privacy and cybersecurity laws and frameworks, as well as information governance.  This expertise informs privacy policy development both within the Department and in collaboration with the federal privacy enterprise.  In her role as Chief FOIA officer Ms. Neuman oversees FOIA and Privacy Act operations and provides policy and programmatic guidance on their implementation across the Department.

Prior to joining the Department, Ms. Neuman was a founding partner of a Washington, D.C. law firm where she specialized in privacy and data protection law and led the firm’s privacy practice. She advised a wide range of businesses about U.S and European privacy legal frameworks and industry self-regulatory programs.  In addition to conducting privacy assessments and providing privacy guidance about system audits, Ms. Neuman helped clients create privacy programs, including crafting and implementing policies and procedures for handling data, incident response and cross-border transfers.  During this period, she was recognized as a solution-oriented expert in geolocation, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, children’s online privacy protection law and policy, and the evolving intersection between emerging technologies and existing legal frameworks.

She is a frequent author and speaker on privacy issues.  She is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and the Privacy & Data Security Committee of the Federal Communications Bar Association.  As Chief Privacy Officer, she co-chairs the Information Sharing Environment Privacy Guidelines Committee.

Last Published Date: November 12, 2015
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