The ABA Antitrust Section’s Privacy and Information Security Committee and the Privacy Legislation Task Force have surveyed the privacy legislation landscape with a three-part series of interviews with privacy professionals. This informative series is meant to provide insights for privacy veterans, while also serving as an introduction for generalist practitioners that are (or are becoming!) interested in the critical role that privacy legislation has on our government, businesses, and society more broadly.
In this interview, Mary Ellen Callahan and Erika Brown Lee share from their experiences serving governmental and private clients as privacy professionals. Mary Ellen Callahan, now the Assistant General Counsel for Privacy at The Walt Disney Company, previously served as chief privacy officer of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from March 2009 until August 2012. She has written and spoken widely on cutting-edge commercial privacy issues, and she received the Privacy Vanguard Award, given by the International Association of Privacy Professionals that honors leading privacy professionals, in October 2013. Ms. Callahan was previously chair of Jenner & Block’s Privacy and Information Governance Practice. Erika Brown Lee is a Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at Mastercard. At Mastercard, she leads the team that develops policies, provides guidance, and ensures compliance with privacy and data protection laws across the company. Ms. Brown Lee formerly was the Chief Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer of the U.S. Department of Justice. Ms. Brown Lee also co-chaired the DOJ breach response team. She has previous experience negotiating privacy agreements with the E.U. and also served in the Division of Privacy & Identity Protection at the Federal Trade Commission.