Feb 27 2001

SHELBY AND CONGRESSIONAL PRIVACY CAUCUS HOLD HEARING ON INTERNET AND ONLINE PRIVACY

Is Someone Monitoring What Websites You Visit? Does Web Surfing Expose Your Computer Files to Hackers? Does the Internet Contain Hidden Software that can Compromise Your Online Privacy?

The Congressional Privacy Caucus will be holding a briefing on Thursday, March 1, 2001, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in Room 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building to consider these questions. Specifically, the Caucus will discuss web bugs, the adverse consequences they present for consumer privacy, and the potential e-commerce benefits of such practices. The Caucus will also discuss e-mail wiretapping and the role of government in protecting consumer privacy on the Internet.

The Caucus will hear from a panel of leading experts, including:

Richard Smith, Chief Technology Officer, Privacy Foundation,

Christine A. Varney, Counsel to the On-Line Privacy Alliance, former Federal Trade Commissioner,

Gary Clayton, founder and CEO of the Privacy Council.

Over the past few years, the issue of personal privacy has become a top priority for Americans. The growth of e-commerce and the Internet have renewed fears among Americans about the information collected about them and how that information is used. As Congress moves forward in addressing Internet privacy concerns, the Congressional Privacy Caucus will provide an educational forum to identify, examine, and discuss the many issues regarding personal privacy.