The following Nymity White Paper will provide some preliminary background for attendees of the IAPP Privacy Academy 2006 in Toronto who plan to attend the advanced session, "Simplified Privacy Notices Workshop." The privacy notices workshop will be held Thurs., Oct. 19. Terry McQuay, CIPP, President of Toronto-based Nymity, Inc., will moderate the panel, which will discuss the U.S. Government Consumer Research Project to develop privacy notices that are easier for consumers to understand, use and compare. The panel also will examine multi-layered privacy notices and review international efforts to standardize the short-notice format. The panelists are: Martin E. Abrams, Executive Director, Center for Information Policy Leadership; Michael Hintze, CIPP, Senior Attorney, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Corp.; Susan Kleimann, President, Kleimann Communications Group; Joel Winston, Associate Director for the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, Bureau of Consumer Affairs, Federal Trade Commission.