Biography

Matthew W. Van Hise is an Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Privacy Unit at the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.  AAG Van Hise has been with the Attorney General’s Office working in the Consumer Fraud Bureau since 2011.  He enforces the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act and spends the majority of his time focusing on privacy, data security, and data breach related investigations and litigation.  AAG Van Hise functions as both the lead and co-lead attorney for many national multistate investigations into several of the largest data breach incidents to date.

As Chief of the Privacy Unit, he serves as the point person within the Illinois Attorney General’s Office on matters such as privacy, data security, technology, and the secure handling of consumers’ personal information.  AAG Van Hise also oversees the Illinois Attorney General’s Identity Theft Unit, which was created in 2006 and has assisted over forty-five thousand consumers with complaints covering a wide variety of identity theft issues and privacy areas. 

Matthew leads the National Association of Attorneys General Privacy Working Group, on both privacy and identity theft.  He also co-leads the NAAG medical privacy discussions. 

Prior to this, he worked at the Michigan Attorney General’s Office, on both privacy and identity theft.  Matthew received a B.A. from Bradley University and a J.D. from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan.  Matthew has served as panelist and as guest speaker at numerous data security and privacy conferences throughout the country.  He is an active member in the International Association of Privacy Professionals, holding the CIPP/US certification, as well as a member in many local, state, and national Bar Associations.

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