Department of Justice’s Kenneth Mortensen to Speak on Privacy and Civil Liberties Feb. 27

Published: February 25th, 2008

Category: Feature, News

Kenneth MortensenKenneth Mortensen, acting chief privacy and civil liberties officer with the U.S. Department of Justice, will speak on privacy and civil liberties in the United States at noon Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom (180 Holland Hall) at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. A reception will follow the event, which is presented by the Law College Council.

As the former deputy chief privacy officer of the Department of Homeland Security and practicing privacy attorney, Mortensen brings expertise not only in protecting and safeguarding privacy and civil liberties, but also integrating those protections and safeguards into an operational framework for law enforcement and national security. Within the Office of the Deputy Attorney General, he determines appropriate privacy and civil liberties processes collaborating in the development of policy supporting the mission of the department.

In his position, he serves as the primary policy advisor to the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General on privacy and civil liberties matters and oversees the implementation of privacy and civil liberties policy throughout the Department, including agency components, such as the FBI, DEA, ATF, Criminal Law Division, and Justice Management Division.

As the Senior Agency Official for Privacy, he reviews the Department’s mission operations to ensure effective compliance with appropriate privacy and civil liberties authorities. This includes implementation of privacy compliance through the approval of Privacy Impact Assessments. Additionally, he enhances the Department’s protections for individual civil liberties, specifically in the context of counterterrorism and law enforcement efforts. He coordinates privacy and civil liberties oversight concerning law enforcement and national security information sharing.

Mortensen is the co-author with Nuala O’Connor Kelly, CPO for General Electric and former CPO of DHS, of the chapter entitled “The Privacy Act of 1974 and Its Progeny” in the legal treatise called Proskauer on Privacy, edited by Christopher Wolf. He is co-author of the chapter entitled “Civil Litigation: Security,” which is in the book Data Security and Privacy Law: Combating Cyberthreats.

Mortensen has served as an adjunct professor at Villanova University School of Law for over 10 years, where he has taught three different courses—Digital Law, Electronic Commerce Law, and Security and Privacy Law. At West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Mortensen has taught a course on Cyber Criminal Law in the Criminal Justice Department.