FTC Announces Mobile Device Tracking Seminar Agenda

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The Federal Trade Commission is hosting a Spring Privacy Series on emerging consumer privacy issues, and the first event on Feb. 19, 2014 in Washington, D.C., will explore mobile device tracking. With retailers and other businesses tracking consumers’ movements throughout and around retail stores, the FTC is exploring potential privacy concerns and questions about these practices.

The workshop will be free and open to the public. It will be held at the FTC Conference Center at 601 New Jersey Avenue, N.W. in Washington, D.C.

The Commission’s Chief Technologist Latanya Sweeney will conduct a mobile location tracking demonstration in the hallway directly outside the conference center for all interested individuals at 9:30 a.m. The complete agenda is as follows:

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Registration/Doors Open
From 9:30 a.m. - 9:55 a.m., as well as immediately following the  workshop, FTC Chief Technologist Latanya Sweeney will provide a mobile location tracking demonstration.
10:00 a.m. – 10:05 a.m. Welcome
10:05 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. Technical Overview: Ashkan Soltani, Independent Researcher and Consultant
10:25 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Panel Discussion
Amanda Koulousias & Kristen Anderson, Attorneys
Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, FTC
Mallory Duncan, Senior Vice President and General Counsel,  National Retail Federation
James Riesenbach, Chief Executive Officer, iInside
Seth Schoen, Senior Staff Technologist, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Glenn Tinley, President and Founder, Mexia Interactive
Ilana Westerman, Chief Executive Officer, Create with Context

The FTC invites live webcast viewers to submit questions to moderators online. Staff will live-tweet the workshop, and take questions via Twitter, Facebook, and email.

The live webcast will begin at 10:00 a.m. ET. Viewers can submit questions throughout the day via the following channels:

Twitter: Commission staff will tweet workshop highlights from its @FTC account and use the hashtag: #FTCmobile.

Facebook: Post questions to the mobile device tracking comment thread on the FTC’s Facebook page.

Email: Submit questions via email to mobiledevicetracking@ftc.gov.

FTC staff members will do their best to answer as many questions as possible from the audience and online during the seminar.

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Contact Information


Cheryl Warner
Office of Public Affairs


Amanda Koulousias
Bureau of Consumer Protection