Consumer Watchdog Conference Will Be Webcast Live Starting at 8:30 a.m. ET (5:30 a.m. PT) Wednesday at this URL: http://www.visualwebcaster.com/consumerwatchdog
WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following event was announced today by Consumer Watchdog:
What: Consumer Watchdog's "The Future of Online Consumer Protections." When: 8 a.m.- 3 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 1. First Amendment Lounge, National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Where: Washington, DC, 20045.
Consumer Watchdog Conference Wednesday To Preview FTC Report On Online Privacy And “Do Not Track Me” List
FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection Director David Vladeck will discuss a soon-to-be-released FTC report on online privacy and establishing an online “Do Not Track Me” list at a conference convened by Consumer Watchdog Wednesday at the National Press Club.
Vladeck will offer an 8:45 a.m. keynote speech about the FTC’s much anticipated report, which is expected to be released in advance of Thursday hearing on “Do Not Track Me” legislation in the House of Representatives.
At 1 p.m. , the Department of Commerce’s Associate Administrator for National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Daniel Weitzner will speak. Commerce is also on the verge of releasing a report on online privacy protections.
Bipartisan attention to protecting consumers’ online privacy is increasing in Washington. Thursday, Dec. 2, Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Il, has scheduled a House committee hearing on the feasibility of creating a “Do Not Track Me” mechanism. A Consumer Watchdog poll found that nine in ten Americans support legislation to protect online privacy.
Also at the conference a panel featuring Gary Reback, of Counsel, Carr & Ferrell LLP; Scott Cleland, President, Precursor LLc; and Melanie Sabo, Assistant Director for Anticompetitive Practices, Bureau of Competition, Federal Trade Commission, will discuss competition and antitrust issues on the Internet.
Other panels will discuss: Protecting consumers while they surf the Web: How “Do Not Track Me” would work and other ideas; Protecting electronic health records and ensuring safeguards in the online medical marketing era; and The Internet’s impact on creative arts.
The day’s agenda and speakers follow:
“The Future of Online Consumer Protections”
8 a.m.: Registration, continental breakfast 8:30 a.m.: Welcome from Jamie Court/John M. Simpson from Consumer Watchdog 8:45 a.m.: Keynote speaker: David Vladeck, Director FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection. 9:30 a.m.: First Panel - Protecting consumers while they surf the Web: How "Do Not Track Me" would work and other ideas. Chris Soghoian, Privacy and security researcher Susan Grant, Consumer Federation of America Ginger McCall, EPIC 10:30 a.m.: Second panel - Protecting electronic health records and ensuring safeguards in the online medical marketing era Dr. Deborah Peel, Patient Privacy Rights Founder Jeff Chester, Center for Digital Democracy 11: 20-11:30 a.m.: Break (coffee) 11:30 a.m.: Third panel - Competition and antitrust issues on the Internet Gary Reback, Of Counsel, Carr & Ferrell LLP Scott Cleland, President, Precursor LLc Melanie Sabo, Assistant Director for Anticompetitive Practices, Bureau of Competition, FTC Federal Trade Commission 12:30-1:00 p.m.: Lunch 1 p.m.: Luncheon speaker Daniel J. Weitzner, Associate Administrator, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Department of Commerce 1:40 p.m.: Fourth panel -- The Internet's impact on creative arts Stuart Bernstein, literary agent Michael Capobianco, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) Salley Shannon, President, American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA)
SOURCE Consumer Watchdog