Speeches

An FTC Commissioner Looks at Internet Privacy

Privacy In American Business Conference

Arlington, VA

Date:
By: 
Orson Swindle, Former Commissioner

It is a pleasure to be with you this morning. As is the custom when a FTC Commissioner speaks, I must tell you that I speak only for myself and not the Commission. I would like to discuss for a few minutes this morning the status of industry self regulation of privacy on the Internet; the FTC's role in bringing law enforcement cases; and the children's privacy rule we issued last month. I hope to leave the balance of my time for questions and answers.

A Common Sense Approach To High Tech

Continuing Legal Education Program Sponsored by Pillsbury Madison

San Diego, CA

Date:
By: 
Orson Swindle, Former Commissioner

It is a pleasure to be with you today in San Diego. As is always the case for Federal Trade Commissioners, it is important for me to note that my comments today are my own and in no way represent the views of the Commission or of any other Commissioner.

There are a number of issues before the Commission and the Country that I would like to discuss today that should be of interest to you all, especially here in California -- the Internet Economy, Online Privacy and Antitrust concerns for high tech industries.

Remarks of Federal Trade Commission Chairman Robert Pitofsky*

FTC-FCC Joint Public Forum on Advertising and Marketing of Dial-around and Other Long Distance Services

Date:
By: 
Robert Pitofsky, Former Chairman

Good morning. I would like to thank the Federal Communications Commission for working with the Federal Trade Commission to organize this public forum on the advertising of dial-around and other long-distance telecommunications services. I would particularly like to thank Chairman Kennard for the leadership he has shown in emphasizing the importance of responsible, non-deceptive advertising, and by establishing strong consumer protection policies as an important agency goal.

Some Policy Perspectives on the Taxation of Cyberspace

Address to the Federalist Society, Silicon Valley Lawyers Chapter and Corporations Practice Group

Palo Alto, CA

Date:
By: 
Orson Swindle, Former Commissioner

It is a pleasure to be with you this evening. As is always the case for Federal Trade Commissioners, it is important for me to note that my comments today are my own and in no way represent the views of the Commission or of any other Commissioner.

The Effect of Global Trade on United States Competition Law and Enforcement Policies

Fordham Corporate Law Institute, 26th Annual Conference on International Antitrust Law & Policy

New York City

Date:
By: 
Robert Pitofsky, Former Chairman

Introduction

All agree that cross-border trade has grown at an extraordinary pace in the last several decades, and most predict that it will continue to grow or even accelerate in the early years of the 21st Century. One consequence of this level of cross-border activity is that mergers, joint ventures, distribution arrangements and other transactions that affect the interests of consumers in two or more (and sometimes as many as 10 or 12) nations have become commonplace.

Taxation of E-Commerce

Address to the Browning Symposium, University of Montana

Date:
By: 
Orson Swindle, Former Commissioner

It is a pleasure to be with you this morning. As is always the case for Federal Trade Commissioners, it is important for me to note that my comments today are my own and in no way represent the views of the Commission or of any other Commissioner.

What Are We Learning from the Microsoft Case?

Remarks before the Federalist Society

Date:
By: 
Orson Swindle, Former Commissioner

Good morning. I am glad to be here today to offer opening remarks to today's discussion about what we are learning from the Microsoftcase and other government antitrust cases against those in high-tech industries. Given the role that high technology, innovation, and the Internet are playing in our economic expansion, this is an opportune time to debate the future of government antitrust enforcement in high-tech industries.

Global Merger Enforcement

The International Bar Association

Barcelona, Spain

Date:
By: 
Richard G. Parker, Former Director

I. Introduction

I want to thank the International Bar Association for inviting me to speak today about global merger enforcement. My remarks today cover current trends in merger enforcement, focusing on the increasing international nature of our enforcement efforts. As always my remarks represent my own views and not necessarily those of the FTC or any of its Commissioners.

The Internet Economy and What It Can Mean for Hawaii

Remarks before Small Business Hawaii

Date:
By: 
Orson Swindle, Former Commissioner

Before addressing the Internet economy and what it can mean for Hawaii, it might be helpful to share with you a couple of personal thoughts gained from my years of experience as a federal official. First and foremost, I am convinced that our Founding Fathers had it right: government should play only a minimal role in our lives, and for good reason. I believe it was Will Rogers who once observed and said it best: "All government programs have three things in common: a beginning, a middle, and no end."

E-Commerce: Tomorrow's Economy -Taxing and Regulating The Old Fashion Way

Remarks before the Georgia Public Policy Forum

Date:
By: 
Orson Swindle, Former Commissioner

Before addressing the topic of protecting consumers in cyberspace and the issues of Internet taxation and regulation of online privacy, it might be helpful to share with you a couple of personal thoughts gained from my years of experience as a federal official. First and foremost, I am convinced that our Founding Fathers had it right: government should play only a minimal role in our lives, and for good reason. I believe it was Will Rogers who once observed and said it best: "All government programs have three things in common: a beginning, a middle, and no end."

Enforcement Cooperation

Lex Mundi

Atlanta, GA

Date:
By: 
Debra A. Valentine, Former General Counsel

* Just as business activity has globalized, antitrust enforcement has globalized as well. Indeed, about half of the Commission's full merger investigations -- that small but important subset of filings that go to a second request -- have an international component. That international aspect could be a foreign-based party, essential information located abroad, or a foreign asset that is critical to an effective remedy, but it is increasingly there.

* Whereas 10 years ago, only about 20 countries had competition laws, today over 80 do.

Testimony

The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Communications

Date:
By: 
Sheila F. Anthony, Former Commissioner

Mr. Chairman and members of the Subcommittee on Communications, I am delighted to be here this morning, and I appreciate your holding this hearing today to address a topic of extreme importance to the American people. I will speak briefly about online privacy protection.

Cyberspace and the FTC: Some Current Matters of Interest

Address to the National Conference on State Legislatures

Date:
By: 
Orson Swindle, Former Commissioner

I. The Internet Economy

Last month, the University of Texas, backed by Cisco Systems, introduced a study of the current status of electronic commerce -- one of the very first attempts to measure the Internet economy. According to the Cisco study, the Internet economy generated an estimated $301 billion in revenue in 1998 and was responsible for over 1.2 million jobs. (These estimates are based on worldwide sales of Internet-related products and services by U.S.- based companies.)

Testimony

The U.S. House of Representatives, Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade, and Consumer Protection

Date:
By: 
Sheila F. Anthony, Former Commissioner

Mr. Chairman and members of the Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade, and Consumer Protection, I am delighted to be here this morning, and I appreciate your holding this hearing today to address a topic of extreme importance to the American people.

Prepared Statement of the Federal Trade Commission Concerning H.R. 1304 the "Quality Health-Care Coalition Act of 1999"

The Committee on the Judiciary, United States House of Representatives

Date:
By: 
Robert Pitofsky, Former Chairman

Mr. Chairman, the Federal Trade Commission thanks you and the members of the Committee for inviting us again this year to present the Commission's views on a proposed antitrust exemption to allow physicians and other health care professionals to engage in collective bargaining with health plans.

Address

Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce

Date:
By: 
Orson Swindle, Former Commissioner

It is a pleasure to be with you this afternoon. As is always the case for Federal Trade Commissioners, it is important for me to note that my comments today are my own and in no way represent the views of the Commission or of any other Commissioner.

Thank you, Governor Gilmore, for allowing me to participate in this important discussion. Also, thanks to all the other members of the Commission for dedicating your time and efforts to this important endeavor.

Remarks

The Plenary Session of the Annual Meeting of The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, Bally's Hotel

Las Vegas, Nevada

Date:
By: 
Orson Swindle, Former Commissioner

I. INTRODUCTORY COMMENTS

A. I appreciate the invitation to address your Society on how oil industry mergers and acquisitions will affect your profession in coming years. My remarks today are solely my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Commission or of any other Commissioner.

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