FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 4, 1998
Contact: Paige Darden
202-482-7002
pdarden@ntia.doc.gov
 
 
*****MEDIA ADVISORY*****
 
COMMERCE DEPARTMENT TO HOLD MEETING
AND REQUEST PUBLIC COMMENT ON ELECTRONIC PRIVACY
 

WASHINGTON, DC -- The Commerce Department announced today that it will convene a two day summit to explore issues surrounding electronic commerce privacy on June 23-24, 1998 at the Commerce Department in Washington, DC. As soon as it is available, information on the agenda and registration will be posted on the Internet at http://www.ntia.doc.gov -- the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration's website.

In the meantime, the Commerce Department is requesting public comment on various aspects of Internet privacy, including the effectiveness of self regulation. The request for public comment will be published in the Federal Register tomorrow, Friday, June 5, 1998; comments will be due July 5, 1998. The request specifically asks for public comment on a draft staff discussion paper, "Elements of Effective Self Regulation for Protection of Privacy," which was informally released in January 1998. The notice and the paper will be posted Friday, June 5, 1998 on NTIA's website.

For more information, please call Paula Bruening, NTIA Office of General Counsel, at 202-482-1816.

The Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) serves as the principal adviser to the executive branch on domestic and international telecommunications and information issues.

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