Timothy J. Muris, FTC Chairman, Featured at Privacy2001 Conference

Columbus, Ohio -- August 3, 2001 -- Newly appointed Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Timothy J. Muris will provide the keynote speech on Thursday morning October 4, at Privacy2001. The conference, one of the top privacy events in the country, will be held at the Renaissance Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio October 2-4, and will be attended by more than 250 leaders and policy makers from government, industry and consumer organizations. Information about the conference is available at www.privacy2000.org.

Appointed by President George W. Bush, and confirmed by the United States Senate, Muris took office as FTC Chairman June 4, 2001. Among the jurisdictions of the Federal Trade Commission, is the enforcement of a variety of federal antitrust and consumer protection laws that ensure that the nation's markets function competitively, and are vigorous, efficient, and free of undue restrictions. The Commission also works to enhance the smooth operation of the marketplace by eliminating acts or practices that are unfair or deceptive or that threaten consumers' opportunities to exercise informed choice.

Peter Swire, formerly Chief Counselor for Privacy to President Clinton, will also participate as a panelist at the conference.

Special sessions on the future of privacy are scheduled for the following areas:

  • Privacy Up North: Top government and industry leaders from Canada will discuss the impact of Canada's Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act on NAFTA, trans-border data flows with the U.S., and North American views on privacy. This groundbreaking session is the first of its kind to be held in the United States.
  • Privacy & Pervasive Computing: This session will discuss the privacy implications of Bluetooth and other pervasive computing technologies as they are integrated into everyday devices. What will privacy mean in a world where people, products, and machines are all linked by wireless communication? How will privacy be defined when office and household appliances and PDAs routinely exchange personal information?

In addition to discussions about possible future legislation in the privacy arena, attendees at the Privacy2001 conference will be able to participate in up to 18 hands-on workshops that include the following areas:

· Privacy & Security Technology
· Banking and Financial Services
· Health Care Industry
· Federal, State & Local Government
· General Business
· Marketing

There will also be panels on:
· Privacy in the International Arena
· Use of Consumer Information - What You Don't Know Can Hurt You
· Privacy in the Wireless World
· Privacy and Public Records - Balancing Public Access versus Individual Privacy
· Managing Your Privacy & Security Image - When Bad Things Happen to Good Companies
· Privacy in Litigation - The Latest From the Legal Front

The TPG is an initiative of OSC (the Ohio Supercomputer Center), the state's flagship high performance computing and networking resource.

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