FTC Announces Agenda, Panelists for Alternative Scoring Seminar

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The Federal Trade Commission has announced the agenda and panelists for its upcoming privacy seminar examining the scope and effects of alternative scoring products, which will take place March 19 from 10 a.m. to noon.

The seminar, which is part of the FTC’s spring privacy series, will take a closer look at the growing field of alternative scoring, in which companies use data about consumers to create scores designed to predict consumer behavior. Speakers and panelists will examine the privacy questions and possible benefits to consumers from these alternative scoring products.

The seminar is free and open to the public, and will be held at the FTC Conference Center at 601 New Jersey Ave., NW, in Washington.

The agenda and panelists are as follows:

9 a.m. Registration/Doors Open
10 a.m. Welcome
10:05 a.m. Overview of Predictive Analytics
Claudia Perlich, Chief Scientist, Dstillery
10:20 a.m. Panel Discussion
Moderators: Katherine Armstrong and Andrea Arias, FTC Attorneys

Pamela Dixon, Founder, World Privacy Forum
Edmund Mierzwinski, Consumer Program Director and Senior Fellow,
U.S. Public Interest Research Group
Claudia Perlich, Chief Scientist, Dstillery
Stuart Pratt, President and CEO, Consumer Data Industry Association
Ashkan Soltani, Independent Researcher and Consultant
Rachel Nyswander Thomas, Executive Director of the Data-Driven
Marketing Institute and Vice President of Government Affairs, Direct
Marketing Association
Joseph Turow, Professor, Annenberg School for Communication,
University of Pennsylvania
11 a.m. Emerging Trends in Online Pricing
Ashkan Soltani, Independent Researcher and Consultant
11:15 a.m. Panel Discussion
12 p.m. Adjourn

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Contact Information

MEDIA CONTACT:             

Office of Public Affairs
202-326-2180

STAFF CONTACT:              

Katherine Armstrong,
Bureau of Consumer Protection
202-326-3250

Andrea Arias,
Bureau of Consumer Protection
202-326-2715