FTC Workshop on Consumer Privacy in Cyberspace To Be Held June 1996

For Your Information

The Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Education will hold a public workshop on June 4 and 5 to focus on privacy issues in the online marketplace. The development of technologies such as the Internet and the World Wide Web has allowed online businesses to collect and use personal information about consumers, often without consumers’ knowledge or consent. The workshop will examine consumer privacy issues in this new marketplace, consumer and business education about the use of personal information online, and ways to enhance the growth of the online marketplace by fostering consumer confidence.

Workshop topics will include the use of consumer information, the use of medical and financial information online, the collection and use of information about children, electronic approaches to protecting consumer privacy online, and the European Union’s directive on the protection of personal data.

The workshop will be open to the public and will be held on June 4, 1996 from 9:00AM to 5:00PM in Room 432 of the FTC headquarters building, 6th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., in Washington, D.C. On June 5, 1996 the workshop will be held from 9:00AM to 12:30PM in Room 332 of the FTC headquarters building.

The Bureau invites representatives of consumer groups, industry, government agencies, and other groups to take part in the workshop. Any person wishing to be considered for participation in the public workshop must file a written request, on or before May 24, 1996, to Martha Landesberg, Division of Credit Practices, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, DC 20580.

Written comments should be directed to:

Office of the Secretary
Federal Trade Commission
Room H-159
6th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20580

Comments should be identified as “Consumer Privacy--Comment.”

The Commission vote to issue the Federal Register notice announcing the public workshops was 5-0.

Copies of the Federal Register notice are available from the FTC’s Public Reference Branch, Room 130, 6th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20580; 202-326-2222; TTY for the hearing impaired 1-866-653-4261. To find out the latest FTC news as it is announced, call the FTC’s NewsPhone recording at 202-326-2710. FTC news releases and other materials also are available on the Internet at the FTC’s World Wide Web Site at: http://www.ftc.gov

Contact Information

Media Contact:
Victoria Streitfeld,
Office of Public Affairs,
202-326-2718
Staff Contact:
David Medine,
Bureau of Consumer Protection,
202-326-3224

(FTC File No. P95 4807)