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Former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to Discuss Privacy Rights

Former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff will be at Yale Law School on Thursday, March 10, to discuss privacy rights. His lecture, “Privacy Rights 3.0: What Are Privacy Interests in an Internet Age?” takes place from 4:10 to 5:30 p.m. in Room 129. It is sponsored by the Yale Law Foreign Policy Workshop and is open to the entire Yale community.

“Michael Chertoff has worked extensively both in government and in the private sector on issues of privacy, and the Yale Law Foreign Policy Workshop is delighted to welcome him to Yale Law School to discuss this important topic,” said event co-organizer Josh Geltzer ’11.

Chertoff served as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2005 to 2009. In that role, he developed and implemented border security and immigration policy; promulgated homeland security regulations; and spearheaded a national cyber-security strategy. He also served periodically on the National Security Council, the Homeland Security Council, and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

From 2003 to 2005, Chertoff served as a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Earlier, during more than a decade as a federal prosecutor, he investigated and prosecuted cases of political corruption, organized crime, corporate fraud and terrorism—including the investigation of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

He is co-founder and managing principal at the Chertoff Group, which provides high-level strategic counsel to corporate and government leaders on a broad range of security issues. He is also senior of counsel at Covington & Burling LLP and a member of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations practice group.

He earned his bachelor’s and J.D. degrees from Harvard.