Debate and Discussion Provides Novel Insight for Privacy Professionals at all Levels

York, Maine — February 10,  2005 —  The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the world's foremost association for individuals in the profession of privacy, announces a new "Broader Perspectives" track to take place for the first time at the IAPP National Summit 2005, held in Washington, D.C. March 9-11, 2005.

The new track provides stimulating, "big picture" perspective for individuals at all levels of achievement in the privacy profession.   Recognized experts in the history and practice of privacy law will discuss the evolution of privacy as a social, legal, and commercial issue in today's culture — information that is essential for understanding how privacy law is applied today.

"Recognizing the history and evolution of privacy law is foundational to understanding the importance of privacy as an influential force in today's economic and social life," said IAPP Executive Director Trevor Hughes.  "It's also a key ingredient for seasoned and new privacy professionals alike to anticipate the direction privacy is headed, thereby better equipping them for the challenges present in business today."

The Broader Perspectives events have been created by the IAPP, working with the Center for Law, Policy, and Social Science of the Ohio State University.  Professor Peter Swire of Ohio State University, former Chief Counselor for Privacy in the Clinton Administration, will moderate each of the four sessions, including:

A Taxonomy of Privacy, by Daniel Solove, Associate Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School.  Professor Solove, author of the new book The Digital Person: Technology and Privacy in the Information Age, will present a new approach that explains how all the major topics of privacy protection fit together.  This research may be the most unified way to think about privacy protection since privacy torts were defined over 40 years ago.  March 10, at 10:45 a.m.

Why Europe is Different: Understanding the European Approach to Privacy, by Joel Reidenberg, Professor of Law at Fordham University.  Drawing on more than a decade of information privacy research, including work as a consultant to the European Commission, Professor Reidenberg will discuss why European countries have taken a different approach to privacy protection than the U.S., and what global companies can do in response.  March 10 at 11:45 a.m.

Why Privacy Law is the Environmental Law of the 21st Century, by Dennis Hirsch,  Associate Professor of Law at Capitol Law School.  An expert in the regulatory history of environmental law, Professor Hirsch will present his new research into the analogies (and differences) between the rise of environmental protection and the rise of privacy protection.  March 10 at 1:45 p.m.

Digital Transparency, a provocative debate between Daniel Weitzner, Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and Deirdre Mulligan, Acting Clinical Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.  Some thinkers believe that privacy protection is largely a lost cause, and the focus should instead be on "digital transparency" — creating checks and balances against misuse of data while encouraging data flows.   Weitzner and Mulligan will discuss the pros and cons of this controversial point of view and let the audience draw their own conclusions.  March 11, at 2:00 p.m.

Registration Information:

2005 IAPP National Summit

March 9 — 11, 2005

Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC


About the IAPP

The International Association of Privacy Professionals is the world's leading association of privacy and security professionals.  The IAPP helps define and support the profession of privacy by being a forum for interaction, education, and discussion across industries.  To learn more, visit iapp.org.

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