Practical Privacy Series 2013

Alexander Joel, CIPP/US, CIPP/G

Civil Liberties Protection Officer
Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Alexander W. Joel is the Civil Liberties Protection Officer for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). The ODNI leads the nation's intelligence agencies. Joel is the director of the ODNI's Civil Liberties and Privacy Office, and reports directly to the Director of National Intelligence. His responsibilities include ensuring that the protection of privacy and civil liberties is appropriately incorporated in the policies and procedures of intelligence agencies, overseeing compliance by the ODNI with privacy and civil liberties laws, reviewing complaints of possible abuses of privacy and civil liberties in programs and operations administered by the ODNI, and ensuring that the use of technology sustains, and does not erode, privacy. Joel's selection to this position was announced by Director John Negroponte on December 7, 2005.

Joel has more than a decade of experience with privacy, technology, and national security law. Joel was motivated to enter public service following 9/11. He joined the Central Intelligence Agency's Office of General Counsel in October 2002, where he provided legal advice relating to intelligence activities. Prior to joining the government, Joel served as the privacy, technology, and e-commerce attorney for Marriott International, Inc., where he helped establish and implement Marriott's global privacy compliance program, including the creation of Marriott's first privacy officer position. Before that, he worked as a technology attorney at the law firm of Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge in Washington, D.C. (now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman), and as a U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps officer, with assignments that included prosecutor and criminal defense counsel.

Joel received his law degree from the University of Michigan in 1987, magna cum laude, where he was a member of the Michigan Law Review. He received his B.A. degree from Princeton University in 1984, magna cum laude.