Lyn Rahilly is the Privacy Officer for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). This newly-created position resides within the Office of the Assistant Secretary. As Privacy Officer, Ms. Rahilly implements policies, procedures and initiatives that foster public trust in ICE by protecting personal privacy and enhancing the quality of personal data held by the agency. She is responsible for ICE's compliance with federal privacy laws, ensuring that information sharing policies and agreements provide appropriate protections for personal information, and implementing privacy training for agency personnel.
Prior to her position as Privacy Officer, Ms. Rahilly was on assignment to the FBI serving as Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer and Special Assistant to the Director of the U.S. Terrorist Screening Center (TSC). Among other responsibilities, she had oversight of privacy and civil liberties issues. Ms. Rahilly established TSC's first privacy compliance program and the interagency redress process for persons submitting complaints about the terrorist watch list. She also provided counsel and advice on appropriate collection and use of personal data and responded to public, media and Congressional inquiries pertaining to privacy.
Before her assignment at the TSC, Ms. Rahilly served as Deputy Privacy Officer and Assistant Chief Counsel (Information Law) for the Transportation Security Administration. In that capacity, she provided guidance on compliance with federal privacy and information laws. She also developed and conducted privacy training for agency and contractor employees.
An attorney for 12 years, Ms. Rahilly has a legal and policy background that is deeply grounded in privacy matters.She has served as an attorney in the General Counsel's office at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In addition, she has practiced law in the Washington D.C. area and has worked on privacy and freedom of information issues at the U.S. Department of Labor.
Ms. Rahilly earned her bachelor's degree in Political Science at Mary Washington College and became an attorney after graduating with honors from George Washington University Law School.