U.S. Department of Commerce Presents:

Public Meeting on Internet Privacy

June 23 - 24, 1998

Day 1 - Tuesday, June 23, 1998

9:00 - 9:15

Welcoming Remarks

Secretary William M. Daley, U.S. Department of Commerce

9:15 - 9:45

Presentation of Survey Results - Privacy and the Elements of Effective Self-Regulation

Presented by: Dr. Alan Westin, Privacy & American Business


Setting the Stage for Thinking Out of the Box

A panel, consisting of technologists, privacy advocates, industry reps, and government will look at three scenarios - an online browsing session, e-mail, and an online commercial transaction. In each case the panelists will be asked to discuss: (1) what personal information is available at specific points in the transaction, and to whom, (2) what implications (benefits and risks) flow from the availability of that personal information, and (3) what law, regulation, self-regulation or technology is available, if any, to protect that personal information.

Moderator: Larry Irving, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, U.S. Department of Commerce

Initial Presentations: (10 minutes):


11:15 - 11:30

Coffee Break - Refreshments served in Main Lobby

11:30 - 1:00

Children's Privacy RoundTable

Panelists will elaborate on the first panel discussion, focusing on issues that are specific to the protection of children's privacy in the on-line environment. Subjects for consideration will include: issues of parental consent regarding the collection of children's personal information; whether or not a site's privacy policy has been clearly explained to a child visitor; the level of effectiveness/lack thereof of current children's privacy policies; and special challenges presented in and by the online environment to and for children.

Introductory Remarks: Commissioner Mozelle W. Thompson, Federal Trade Commission

Moderator: Michele Norris - ABC News


1:00 - 2:30


2:30 - 4:00

Elements of Effective Self Regulation

The Department of Commerce Staff Paper on the Elements of Effective Self Regulation for Protection of Privacy will be presented and discussed by a panel including public interest/consumer advocacy interests, business, Internet users and government personnel with expertise in self-regulatory systems.

Moderator: Peter Swire, The Ohio State University


4:00 - 4:15

Coffee Break - Refreshments served in Main Lobby

4:15 - 5:45

Evaluating Effective Self Regulation

Presentation, followed by peer review, of proposed methodology/ies for assessing compliance with the elements of effective self regulation, fair information practices (including awareness, choice, data security and consumer access) and enforcement (including consumer recourse, verification and consequences, internal mechanisms for implementing company privacy policies, third party verification and dispute resolution mechanisms).

Moderator: Robert Gellman, Privacy and Information Policy Consultant




Day 2 - Wednesday, June 24, 1998

8:30 - 1:00

Industry Presentations

Companies and industry trade associations will present progress reports on the development and implementation of self regulation mechanisms. Presenters will discuss how the self regulation system fulfills the requirements set forth in the "Elements of Self regulation for Privacy," and how the particular company or trade sector has tailored its self regulation mechanism to reflect the nature of the data, the nature of the consumer, and the kind of business the company or industry engages in.

8:30 - 8:45 Welcome, Opening Remarks & Introduction of Respondents

Larry Irving, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information

8:45 - 9:05 Christine Varney, Hogan & Hartson, Online Privacy Alliance

9:05 - 9:15 Response/Q&A: Robert Biggerstaff, Consultant

Bob Gellman, Consultant

Beth Givens, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse

Marc Rotenberg, EPIC

A 10 minute Response/Q&A will follow each presentation

9:15 - 9:35 Susan Scott, TRUSTe

9:35 - 9:45 Q & A

9:45 - 10:05 Steven Cole, Council of Better Business Bureaus, Inc., BBB OnLine

10:05 - 10:15 Q & A

10:15 - 10:35 Ron Plesser, Piper & Marbury, Individual Reference Services Group

10:35 - 10:45 Q & A

10:45 - 11:05 Coffee Break - Refreshments served on 8th corridor, behind auditorium

11:05 - 11:25 Internet Infrastructure

11:35 - 11:45 Q & A

11:35 - 12:00 Financial Services

L. Richard Fischer, Morrison & Foerster, LLP

John Byrne, Consumer Bankers Association

Marcia Sullivan, Dir. Gov. Relations, CBA

Kristin Roesser, Securities Industry Association

12:00 - 12:10 Q & A

12:10 - 12:45 Children

12:45 - 12:55 Q & A (Kathryn Montgomery, Center for Media Education, will participate in the response.)

1:00 - 2:30


2:30 - 4:00


Presentations of technological tools to protect privacy, including contracting mechanisms and control of identity technologies. Panel will discuss current and developing privacy protection technologies, their availability, and how they work to protect privacy on-line. Discussion will also include how privacy technologies fit into self-regulatory or legal frameworks for privacy protection. Could technologies be an important and powerful tool for implementing privacy policy or are they "too late" to contribute in a significant way?

Moderators: Elliot E. Maxwell, Federal Communications Commission, Esther Dyson, EDventure Holdings, Inc.


4:00 - 4:15

Coffee Break - Refreshments served on 8th corridor, behind auditorium

4:15 - 5:15

Public Education/Public Assistance

Panel discussion of the role of consumer education in privacy self regulation and presentation of efforts underway to implement consumer education/assistance programs.

Moderator: Maxine Sweet, Experian


5:15 - 5:30

Concluding Remarks