The Federal Trade Commission and the Technology Law and Public Policy Clinic at the University of Washington will host a Town Hall meeting on July 24, 2008, to explore the growth of contactless payment systems and their implications for consumer protection policy. This Town Hall, titled “Pay on the Go: Consumers and Contactless Payment“ follows up on the FTC‘s November 2006 hearings, “Protecting Consumers in the Next Tech-ade,“ which examined key technological and business developments that will shape consumers‘ experiences over the next ten years.
This Town Hall meeting will bring together industry members, technologists, academicians, consumer protection officials, and consumer advocates to explore the current state of the art for contactless payment systems, which use radio frequency identification (“RFID“) technology to allow consumers to make low dollar-value purchases by holding an RFID-enabled device (such as a smart card, key fob, or mobile device) in proximity to a reader. The event will explore the extent to which contactless payment is being deployed domestically and around the world, along with potential benefits and risks to consumers of its use.
Participants will examine the increasing prevalence of contactless payment devices in everyday consumer transactions, including credit card purchases and public transit use; consumer awareness and education initiatives regarding these developments; security and privacy threats and proposed solutions; and emerging technologies and practices that may shape the contactless payment marketplace over the coming years.
The Commission invites interested parties to submit a request to be a panelist and to recommend other related topics for discussion. The requests should be submitted electronically to email@example.com by June 6, 2008, and should include information about the proposed panelist‘s expertise, together with complete contact information. The Commission will select panelists based on expertise and the need to represent a range of views about the issues. For questions, contact staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested parties also may submit written comments on the topics to be addressed at the Town Hall by August 15, 2008, in the manner specified below.
The Town Hall, which will be free and open to the public, will be held in Room 133 of the University of Washington School of Law's William H. Gates Hall, located at 15th Avenue NE & NE 43rd Street, Seattle, WA.
Information about accessibility for persons with disabilities on the UW campus is available at https://www.washington.edu/admin/ada/newada.php. Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. Requests for such accommodations should be submitted via e-mail to email@example.com or by calling Carrie McGlothlin at (202) 326-3388. Such requests should include a detailed description of the accommodation needed and a way to contact you if we need more information. Please provide advance notice.
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Request for Comments
FILING A COMMENT — Deadline: EXTENDED until August 15, 2008
Any person also may submit written comments on the topics to be addressed at the Town Hall. Comments should refer to “Pay on the Go - Comment, Project No. P059106” to facilitate the organization of comments.
To File Electronically:
Follow the instructions and fill out the form at https://secure.commentworks.com/ftc-payonthego
To File in Paper Form:
A comment filed in paper form should include the reference to “Pay on the Go - Comment, Project No. P059106” in both the text and on the envelope, and should be mailed or delivered to the following address:
Federal Trade Commission/Office of the Secretary
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Room H-135 (Annex T)
Washington, DC 20580
The FTC is requesting that any comment filed in paper form be sent by courier or overnight service, if possible, because postal mail to the Commission is subject to delay due to heightened security precautions.
To Request Confidential Treatment:
To request confidential treatment, you must file in paper form and clearly label the first page of the document with “Confidential” and comply with Commission Rule 4.9(c). 15 C.F.R. § 4.9(c).
Comments must be received by COB June 20, 2008.