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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

November 30, 2010

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


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