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June 12, 1997

A report containing a collection of papers from recognized experts that explore the extent to which industry self-regulation can be effective in reducing the risks information technologies pose for individual privacy. The papers address the benefits, challenges, and limitations of self-regulatory privacy regimes. 

Table of Contents


Contributing Authors and Acknowledgements

Chapter 1: Theory of Markets and Privacy

  • Markets, Self-regulation, and Government Enforcement in the Protection of Personal Information
  • Privacy and Self-regulation: Markets for Electronic Privacy
  • Economic Aspects of Personal Privacy
  • Extensions to the Theory of Markets and Privacy: Mechanics of Pricing Information
  • Self-regulation on the Electronic Frontier: Implications for Public Policy
  • "Whatever Works": The American Public's Attitudes Toward Regulation and Self -regulation on Consumer Privacy Issues
  • The Limits and the Necessity of Self-regulation: The Case for Both
  • Children's Privacy and the GII

Chapter 2: Antitrust Considerations

  • Privacy, Antitrust and the National Information Infrastructure:
  • Is Self-regulation of Telecommunications-related
  • Personal Information a Workable Tool?
  • Privacy, Self-regulation and Antitrust

Chapter 3: Models For Self-regulation

  • Regulatory Models for Protecting Privacy in the Internet
  • Self-regulation: Some Dutch Experiences
  • Electronic CommerceIts Regulation is Not "Closely Related to Banking"
  • Privacy, Self-regulation, and the Contractual Model: A Report from Citicorp Credit Services, Inc.
  • Content Ratings for the Internet and Recreational Software

Chapter 4: Elements of a Self-regulatory Regime

  • The Necessary Elements of Self-regulatory Privacy Regimes and the Role of Consumer Education
  • The Role of Consumer Education in a Self-regulatory Privacy Regime
  • Resolving Privacy Disputes Through Arbitration
  • The Canadian Standards Association Model Code for the Protection of Personal Information: Reaching Consensus on Principles and Developing Enforcement Mechanisms

Chapter 5: Technology and Privacy Policy

  • Computer Technology to Balance Accountablity and Anonymity in Self-regulatory Privacy Regimes
  • The Role of Technology in Self-regulatory Privacy Regimes
  • Labeling Practices for Privacy Protection
  • eTrust: A Description of the eTRUST Model

Chapter 6: Corporate Experiences in Privacy Self-regulation

  • America Online, Inc.'s Perspective on Protecting Personal Privacy in the Interactive World
  • Case Study of American Express' Privacy Principles: Why and How They Were Adopted, the Choices Involved and a Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • The Reader's Digest Association, Inc.: Privacy Policies and Practices, and Views on Self-regulation
  • Case Study for Creating the NYNEX Privacy Principles
  • Case Study of Dun & Bradstreet's Data Protection Practices
  • Consumer Empowerment and the NII: Self-regulation and Technology
  • Case Study: Bell Atlantic's Privacy Policies
  • Grappling with Information Access Issues and Privacy
  • Experian's Values Approach to Privacy