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 2006 Interviews
  • Robert Douglas
  • Mari Frank
  • Jeff Chester
  • Larry Ponemon
  • Dave Wiggins
  • Field Interview - Toronto
  • Tammie Carrol
  • Christine Varney
  • Janet Chapman
  • Carole Meltzer
  • Dr. Colin Bennett
  • Joanne McNabb
  • Amber Lindsay/
         Suzanne Stanford
  • Jonathon Fairtlough
  • Tim Sparapani
  • Peter Scheer
  • David Bender/
         Dr. Larry Ponemon/
         Susan Jayson
  • Bo Holland
  • Burton Hersh
  • Tom Zeller
  • Betsy Broder
  • Steve Zamucen
  • Jeff Sovern
  • Jeremy Miller
  • Michelle Jun
  • James Scurlock
  • Larry Ponemon
  • Bruce Schneier
  • Mary Culnan
  • David Szwak
  • David Mc Cain
  • Claire Miller
  • Lance James
  • Ann Cavoukian/
         Peter Hope-Tindall
  • Lillie Coney
  • Kirk Herath
  • Eric Drew/
         Ronald Hemphill
  • Carol DiBattiste
  • Fran Maier
  • David Shenk
  • J. Trevor Hughes
  • Linda Foley
  • Deborah Peel
  • Lisa Dean
  • Mari Frank
  • Beth Givens
  • Susanna Montezemolo
  • Patricia Wenskunas
  • Jeremy Gruber
  • Jim Dempsey
  • Robert Brennan
  • Alan Chapell


  •  2006 Audio Archive

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  • Robert Douglas
  • Mari Frank
  • Jeff Chester
  • Larry Ponemon
  • Dave Wiggins
  • Field Interview - Toronto
  • Tammie Carrol
  • Christine Varney
  • Janet Chapman
  • Carole Meltzer
  • Dr. Colin Bennett
  • Joanne McNabb
  • Amber Lindsay/
         Suzanne Stanford
  • Jonathon Fairtlough
  • Tim Sparapani
  • Peter Scheer
  • David Bender/
         Dr. Larry Ponemon/
         Susan Jayson
  • Bo Holland
  • Burton Hersh
  • Tom Zeller
  • Betsy Broder
  • Steve Zamucen
  • Jeff Sovern
  • Jeremy Miller
  • Michelle Jun
  • James Scurlock
  • Larry Ponemon
  • Bruce Schneier
  • Mary Culnan
  • David Szwak
  • David Mc Cain
  • Claire Miller
  • Lance James
  • Ann Cavoukian/
         Peter Hope-Tindall
  • Lillie Coney
  • Kirk Herath
  • Eric Drew/
         Ronald Hemphill
  • Carol DiBattiste
  • Fran Maier
  • David Shenk
  • J. Trevor Hughes
  • Linda Foley
  • Deborah Peel
  • Lisa Dean
  • Mari Frank
  • Beth Givens
  • Susanna Montezemolo
  • Patricia Wenskunas
  • Jeremy Gruber
  • Jim Dempsey
  • Robert Brennan
  • Alan Chapell


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    2006 Interviews

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    Dec 27, Robert Douglas - Editor, PrivacyToday, Information Security Expert

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    Robert Douglas is the founder and CEO of PrivacyToday located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Rob provides consultation to the private and public sectors on issues involving all aspects of identity fraud and information security. During the past eight years his work has centered on assisting the financial services industry, the general business community, government, and law enforcement agencies to better understand the scope and methodology of identity crimes through educational materials, presentations, auditing, and consultation.

    Rob has provided consultation and expert testimony for civil and criminal investigations brought by private parties, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. Rob served as a consultant and expert witness for the Federal Trade Commission in the design and execution of Operation Detect Pretext, a sting operation to catch and prosecute individual and corporate offenders participating in the illegal "information broker" industry. Rob served as an expert witness to the Florida Statewide Grand Jury on Identity Theft and in a federal suit concerning a woman murdered by a stalker who purchased her social security number and place of employment from an Internet information broker.

    Rob has testified about identity crimes - including homeland security implications - before the United States Congress on eight occasions. Most recently Rob testified before the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives hearings titled "Phone Records for Sale: Why Aren't Phone Records Safe from Pretexting?" concerning the theft of phone records similar to what happened in the Hewlett-Packard scandal. In fact Rob determined the name of one of the information thieves in the case and provided that information to the California Attorney General's Office.

    Rob is the author of a number of training guides including: "Privacy and Customer Information Security - An Employee Awareness Guide" (2001); and, "Spotting and Avoiding Pretext Calls" (2000).

    Prior to founding PrivacyToday, Rob was a Washington, D.C. private detective specializing in criminal investigation. Rob worked cases involving murder, international terrorism (including conspiracy to murder U.S. nationals and hijacking), political corruption, and government fraud. Rob has twice been appointed by the U.S. District Court for Washington, D.C. to serve as criminal defense investigator in matters involving international terrorism by members of known Islamic terrorist organizations.

    Pleases see: www.privacytoday.com.


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    Dec 20, Host Mari Frank, ESQ - Confronts Current Issues in Chicago

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    Mari Frank, Esq. Interviews Chicago suburban residents at the famous "Russell's" restaurant. You'll hear the mid-west perspective on privacy issues from business persons, senior citizens, and even an eight year old!! What does the "person on the street" think about the privacy issues? Listen to how these interviewees deal with privacy challenges that we all face?

    Photos- Mari in Chicago Field Interview, Chicago skyline


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    Dec 13, Jeff Chester - Director, The Center for Digital Democracy

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    Jeffrey Chester is the founder and executive director of The Center for Digital Democracy. He has been an important force in public-interest media issues for more than twenty years. His book, Digital Destiny: New Media and the Future of Democracy, will be published in January 2007 by The New Press. In 1992, he co-founded the nonprofit Washington, D.C.-based Center for Media Education (CME), along with Kathryn Montgomery, Ph.D. Jeff was a co-founder of the Telecommunications Policy Roundtable, and helped write its groundbreaking set of principles for the digital age in 1993. In 1995-1996, during the debate on the Telecommunications Act, he played a key role in fighting proposed deregulatory ownership measures for the broadcasting, newspaper, and cable industries. In 1996, Newsweek magazine named him one of the Internet's fifty most influential people. In 2000, Jeff created CME's project on open access and the future of the Internet, which he transferred to the Center for Digital Democracy upon the establishment of that organization in 2001. He is credited with helping to frame the debate and for uncovering key industry documents that helped expose the cable industry's plans for the Internet. During 2000 he co-led the effort, to impose conditions on the merger of AOL and Time Warner. In 2001, he was awarded a prestigious Public Interest Pioneer Grant from the Stern Family Fund. Under his leadership, CDD played a pivotal role fighting the plans of FCC Chairman Michael Powell, during 2001-3, to further sweep away media ownership safeguards. Jeff led the campaign during 2004-6 to expose how the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, under former Chair Kenneth Tomlinson, was engaged in a pressure campaign designed to weaken news and public affairs programming on PBS.

    Prior to his media policy career, Jeff was a psychiatric social worker, investigative journalist, and a documentary filmmaker.

    To learn more, visit www.democraticmedia.org .


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    Dec 06, Dr. Larry Ponemon - Privacy Expert

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    Dr. Larry Ponemon, is a pioneer in the development of privacy audits, privacy risk management and ethical information management. He is the chairman and founder of The Ponemon Institute. Based upon his vast experience in the fields of corporate governance, privacy compliance, data protection and business ethics, he consults with leading multinational organizations on global privacy management programs.

    Dr. Ponemon was appointed to the Advisory Committee for Privacy for the United States Federal Trade Commission and to two California State task forces on privacy and data security laws. Dr. Ponemon was recently appointed by the Governor of Arizona to serve as public member of State Board of Optometry.

    Dr. Ponemon has held chaired faculty positions at Babson College and SUNY Binghamton and he's published dozens of articles and five learned books

    He is a frequent media commentator on privacy and other business ethics topics for CNN, Fox News, CBS, CNBC, MSNBC, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Financial Times, Business 2.0, Newsweek, Business Week, U.S. News & World Report, Computerworld, CIO Magazine, Industry Standard, Boston Globe, InfoWorld, InformationWeek, Forbes, Fortune, CFO Magazine, Red Herring, Dow Jones News and others. His research studies are well respected and have a profound impact on the manner in which corporations are changing their approach to important privacy issues.

    You can learn more at our website and Dr. Ponemon's website at www.ponemon.org


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    Nov 29, Dave Wiggins - Anaheim Police, Security Expert

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    Dave is the past president of the Southern California Tourism Safety & Security Association, a non-profit collaboration of law enforcement, security professionals, attraction operators, travel professionals, tourism industry representatives and others dedicated to the exchange of tourist crime and safety information, education, and professional networking.

    Dave is an 18-year veteran of Southern California law enforcement, and currently works on community and tourist oriented policing projects. He has authored articles, and been interviewed for a variety of magazines and newspapers, regarding tourism security trends. Dave was honored by the Orange County Tourism Council with their Chairman's Award, the first time the Council has recognized a member of law enforcement. Dave received the 2005 Special Recognition Award from his agency, as well as a U.S. Congressional certificate of commendation for his initiatives in promoting improved visitor security.

    Dave recently addressed the Hawaii Visitor Industry Security Association Conference in Honolulu, the California Visitor Industry Outlook Conference in Long Beach, the International Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus Conference in Boston, the ARLAG travel industry convention in Guadalajara, Mexico, and the Las Vegas Tourism Security Conference. The SCTSSA co-hosts the annual training conference, as well as targeted training seminars Upon request. These seminars provide businesses, agencies, and entities involved in tourism with no-cost or low-cost training aimed at improving the safety & security of venues, visitors, and employees.

    www.orangecounty.net/cities/Anaheim_Services.anaheim.net


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    Nov 22, Field Interview from Toronto, Canada- Interview with Privacy Technology Experts at the International Association of Privacy Professionals

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    Mari Frank, Esq. and Lloyd Boshaw spent several days at this international privacy conference. Listen to the six interviews with privacy technology experts who explain the new technology. Youíll hear the latest ways that companies are protecting your sensitive and confidential personal information.

    The privacy technology experts are in order of the interviews:

    1. Doug Plaxton, IBM Entity Analytics Sales Manager
    2. Tom Ross,Watchfire, Director Sales Engineering
    3. Pamela Halpern, Easy i, President
    4. Leah Stanton, Marketing Manager, Tablus
    5. Wasim Ahmad, Vice President, Voltage Security (they won the privacy/technology innovation award at the conference)
    6. Paul Preston, Director of Business Development ,Plato IT Consulting


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    Nov 15, Tammie Carroll - Reformed Identity Thief and Methamphetamine Addict

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    Tammie Carroll, a Colorado resident, is a recovering drug addict and the mother of 4 children. Three of the children are living with her and the fourth was adopted out due to her drug addiction and the crimes she committed. She has been clean from drugs and crime since Jan 8, 2003.

    She became addicted to methamphetamine after an abusive relationship. The drug addictions led her to places and do things that she never thought she would go or do. She started stealing from others to provide for her children and to support her drug habit. She became involved with cashing counterfeit checks and stealing mail. She would create new check using the routing number and account number of checks she had stole in the mail. After she figured out just how easy it was that was to steal identities and money the identity theft became an addiction all in itself. Tammie was indicted by a grand jury with a group of people on many different charges and sentenced to Peer 1 where her life was saved. Tammie is currently still serving her sentence and paying back the money.

    Today Tammie is clean and she is not committing identity theft or other crimes. She is telling my story to help stop others from making the same mistake and to enlighten our society about how easy the financial industry makes it to commit identity theft. Tammie is the Director of Client Services at Newgenesis (transitional housing for the homeless). She has found a new way of life and loves helping others. Now she has a renewed sense of fulfillment and she is able to transform her past negativity in a positive way. She now knows she must live life on life's terms and she wouldn't have it any other way again. Tammie and her children spend time being grateful and happy now that they are a family again.

    Tammie appeared with Mari Frank on the Montel Williams Show on October 19, 2006. She shared her story and gave tips on how the financial industry must take greater care to protect consumers.

    To learn more about the organization where Tammie is helping the homeless visit www.new-genesis.net.


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    Nov 8, Christine Varney - Internet Practice Group, Hogan & Hartson

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    Christine Varney rejoined Hogan & Hartson in 1997, after five years in government service, to head the firm's Internet practice group. This practice provides full service assistance to companies doing business globally, including providing advice on antitrust, privacy, business planning and corporate governance, intellectual property, and general liability issues. Christine also provides antitrust, competition policy, and regulatory advice to a variety of companies. Her clients have included such companies as eBay, DoubleClick, Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, Dow Jones & Company, AOL, Synopsys, Compaq Computer, Gateway, Netscape, The Liberty Alliance, and Real Networks.

    In addition, Christine has been instrumental in the founding of several industry self-regulation associations, including the Network Advertising Initiative and Online Privacy Alliance, working to create Internet best practices policies. She has received extensive media attention for the caliber of her work, including a recent mention in Chambers USA 2005, which lauded her for her consistent excellence and the strength of her client relationships. Christine Varney, Attorney, Privacy Expert, Former FTC Commissioner

    During her U.S. government tenure, Christine served as a federal trade commissioner from 1994 to 1997. At the Federal Trade Commission, she was a leading official on a wide variety of Internet issues. She also pioneered the application of innovation market theory analysis to transactions in both electronic high technology and biotechnology. She led the government's effort to examine privacy issues in the information age, resulting in congressional and agency hearings, proposed industry standards, and increased government enforcement of laws protecting privacy.

    Prior to becoming a federal trade commissioner, Christine was an assistant to the president and secretary to the Cabinet. She was the primary point of contact for the 20-member Cabinet. She was responsible for the overall coordination of several major issues and initiatives between the White House and various agencies.

    Before joining the Clinton Administration, Christine practiced law with Hogan & Hartson. In addition, she served as chief counsel to the Clinton/Gore Campaign, general counsel to the 1992 Presidential Inaugural Committee, and general counsel to the Democratic National Committee from 1989 to 1992.

    Christine lectures extensively, both in the United States and abroad, on various legal issues in American politics. She is also involved in an ongoing international dialogue on comparative political processes and competition policy with foreign government officials through the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). She regularly contributes to a variety of publications, including Newsweek, Antitrust Magazine, and Wired.


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    Nov 1, Janet Chapman - Chief Privacy Officer, THE CHARLES SCHWAB CORPORATION

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    Janet Chapman, chief privacy officer for The Charles Schwab Corporation, serves as the primary privacy contact for the company. In this role, she oversees the creation of privacy strategy, policies and standards, and ensures that they are understood and maintained. She also coordinates the execution of privacy legislative and regulatory changes across the company and acts as liaison to various industry councils and professional groups, including the Privacy Committee of the Securities Industry Association (SIA) and International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Chapman is also Member of the Advisory Board of the Ponemon Institute's Responsible Information Management Council. She is a frequent speaker on privacy issues.

    Chapman has worked in several areas since joining Schwab in 1989, including serving as head of Customer and Account Systems, during which time she was awarded a patent for developing a new method for opening an on-line brokerage account. She also led the company's implementation of the USA PATRIOT Act. Prior to Schwab, Chapman held marketing and product development positions at First Interstate Bank, The Bank of California, and was a management consultant at Deloitte and Touche.

    Chapman earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts. She earned her Masters of Business Administration degree from Boston University. www.charlesschwab.com


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    Oct 25, Carole Meltzer - Author and Privacy Advocate

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    When interior designer Carole Meltzer lived and worked in Hong Kong her life changed. After meeting with Master Leung (classic compass school Feng Shui) and training one-on-one with him, she received the prestigious title Feng Shui Master. This title is only given from one Master to the next. Upon her return to the United States, she continued her studies and became a Master of Black Hat Tantric school Feng Shui and has received two master titles for her Feng Shui Studies. Her training continued recently with Gurunam Joseph Levry in New York City, where she received his blessings to practice the ancient science of Kabbalah.

    Carole's unique "Echo Edge" design with an edge, is reflected in her green design home and business interiors and green products which support universal designs for a better environment.....Carole's jewelry and home accessories are sought after by her roster of celebrity clients, which include: Susan Sarandon, Sheryl Crow, Julie Chen, Patti D'Arbanville, Illeana Douglas and Annette Bening. Her collections have appeared on the hit television series Sex and the City.

    An expert on the use of color, and an authority on lifestyle designs privacy in the living and working environment, and personal style, Carole has appeared on The View, CBS Morning Show, CNN, MTV, The Style Channel, the Travel Channel. Her products have been featured in the NY Times Style Section, Vogue, Elle, People Magazine, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, W, Bride's, Travel & Leisure and Celebrity Living.

    Uniquely trained to understand the impact of color, she is frequently on the design lecture circuit and acts as a consultant for product launches and in-house seminars. But most impressive are Carole's top-selling jewelry collections she designed exclusively for QVC Home Shopping. Her one-hour show on QVC in August was a great success and you will see her again quite in upcoming months.

    Carole is an accredited Interior Designer and an active member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), and the American Center for Design with consulting practices in New York and Los Angeles.

    Carole is the author of FENG SHUI CHIC: CHANGE YOUR LIFE WITH SPIRIT AND STYLE (Simon and Schuster), her book was praised by the New York Times as "More fun to read than Dr. Phil!"

    Carole's unique approach to beauty, design and privacy in the home, commerce and the workplace is creative and impressive. To learn more visit www.carolemeltzer.com.


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    Oct 18, Dr. Colin Bennett, - Author, The Governance of Privacy

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    Dr. Colin Bennett received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Wales, and his Ph.D from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since 1986 he has taught in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria, where he is now Professor. From 1999-2000, he was a fellow with the Harvard Information Infrastructure Project, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

    His research interests have focused on the comparative analysis of information privacy protection policies at the domestic and international levels. He has published Regulating Privacy: Data Protection and Public Policy in Europe and the United States (Cornell University Press, 1992). He is also co-editor or Visions of Privacy: Policy Choices for the Digital Age (University of Toronto Press, 1999), and co-author of The Governance of Privacy: Policy Instruments in Global Perspective (Ashgate Press, 2003). He has published articles in: Public Administration, International Review of Administrative Sciences, Policy Options, The Journal of Public Policy, Governance, Science, Technology and Human Values, Canadian Public Administration, the Information Society and the European Journal of Political Research, as well as in specialized journals such as Privacy Laws and Business. He has given addresses and papers on these subjects in Canada, the United States, Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Australia and New Zealand. He is an occasional contributor of articles on privacy to The Ottawa Citizen, The Vancouver Sun and the Victoria Times-Colonist.

    He has completed policy reports for the Canadian Standards Association, the Standards Council of Canada, Industry Canada on Canadian privacy protection policy. He was also the co-author of a 1998 report for the European Commission on the methodology for assessing the adequacy of the level of privacy protection under Article 25 of the European Union's Data Protection Directive. From 2001-04, he was involved in an interdisciplinary and international research project (funded by the National Science Foundation) which examines the relation of emergent geographic information technologies to changing patterns of individual identification. In 2004, he was awarded a three-year research grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council to conduct an international study of privacy advocacy.

    He teaches a range of courses on US politics, political analysis and information and communications policy.

    web.uvic.ca/polisci/bennett/


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    Oct 11, Joanne McNabb, - Identity Theft Advocate, California Office of Privacy Protection

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    Joanne McNabb is Chief of the California Office of Privacy Protection. Created by legislation in 2001, the first-in-the-nation Office is a resource and advocate on identity theft and other privacy issues. In addition to providing information and education for consumers, the Office also publishes privacy practice recommendations for business and other organizations.

    McNabb is co-chair of the International Association of Privacy Professionals' Government Working Group and a member of the Privacy Advisory Committee to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

    Before starting up the Office of Privacy Protection, McNabb had over 20 years experience in public affairs and marketing, in both the public and private sectors, including five years with an international marketing company in France. Her marketing background gives her an understanding of the commercial uses of personal information that have become a significant privacy concern.

    McNabb attended Occidental College and holds a master's degree in Medieval Literature from the University of California, Davis.


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    Oct 04, Amber Lindsay, - Communications Coordinator, NetSmartz

    Oct 04, Suzanne Stanford, - Internet Saftey Advocate, Internet Saftey Educator

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    Amber Lindsay

    The NetSmartz Workshop, an interactive, educational safety resource from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, uses age-appropriate, 3-D activities to teach children and teens how to be safer when using the Internet. NetSmartz, available for free to the public at www.NetSmartz.org and www.NetSmartzKids.org, can easily be adapted to meet individual needs and time constraints.

    Amber Lindsay is the Communications Coordinator for the NetSmartz Workshop. Ms. Lindsay works with educators, law enforcement, community leaders, and the media to implement NetSmartz into schools and communities across the country. Through presentations and trainings, Ms. Lindsay provides participants with information about the dangers children and teens may encounter online, characteristics of Internet predators and victims, and how Internet safety resources can help prevent online victimization. Participants will also learn how to incorporate NetSmartz age-appropriate materials into their programs.

    Prior to working at NCMEC, Ms. Lindsay worked at The Constitution Project- a think tank which strives to find bi-partisan consensus on controversial constitutional issues- where she worked in research and public relations. Ms. Lindsay holds a B.A. in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations.

    Suzanne Stanford

    Ms. Stanford has an extensive background in the Internet Safety Education business. From 1999 to 2004, Ms. Stanford focused her time raising awareness to Members of Congress of the need for Internet safety education in K-12 schools. Ms. Stanford catapulted a non-profit Internet safety education foundation, I-Safe America, into an $11.5M federally funded, nationally recognized entity.

    Working with federal and locally elected representatives, State and local Superintendents of Schools, State Attorney Generals, and Law Enforcement, Ms. Stanford developed, planned and coordinated the launch of a K-12 school and community- based Internet safety education program in all 50 states and acquired federal funding for the inclusion of the program on the US military base schools worldwide.

    In 2002, she was awarded the "Internet Safety and America's Youth" Congressional Merit Award. Ms. Stanford publishes online Internet safety information and speaks around the country on responsible Internet use and how to avoid being victimized by online predators. She also serves as Vice President for Internet Safety for childrens educational network.com.

    Also visit:
    www.myinternetsafetycoach.com
    www.tuki.com
    www.childrenseducationalnetwork.com


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    Sep 27, Jonathon Fairtlough, - Deputy District Attorney, Los Angeles County - High Tech Crime Unit

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    Jonathan Fairtlough has been a Deputy District Attorney with Los Angeles County since 1994. He has been assigned to the HTCU and its predecessor unit, HALT, since May of 2000. He has prosecuted over 50 identity theft defendants. He was the lead prosecutor on People v Oluwatosin, the ChoicePoint data intrusion case, and was selected as prosecutor of the Year in 2006 by the Southern Chapter of the International Association of Financial Crime Investigators. Mr. Fairtlough is a Police Officer Standards and Training instructor on Identity theft, and has helped train on high tech issues for the California District Attorneys Association, Los Angeles Police Department, FBI and the Southern California High Tech Task Force. He is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University and Loyola Law School. Mr. Fairtlough currently teaches a class at UCLA Extension on Identity theft.


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    Sep 20, Tim Sparapani, - Legislative Counsel, Privacy Rights, ACLU Washington Legislative Office

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    Timothy D. Sparapani, a legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union's Washington Legislative Office, focuses on lobbying Congress and the executive branch to protect the right to privacy. Sparapani's efforts focus on preventing unnecessary intrusions into Americans' privacy by individuals, companies and federal, state and local governments.

    Prior to joining the ACLU, Sparapani worked for four years for the Washington law firm Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky, where he helped clients devise and execute integrated legislative, political and legal strategies. Sparapani assisted senior policy staff of the Kerry/Edwards '04 and John Edwards for President campaigns in formulating domestic policies and responding to key legal developments. He also briefed senior staff for news events and on campaign issues such as the Patriot Act.

    While attending law school he authored newsletters for the University of Michigan's Information Technology Department regarding the challenges emerging technologies posed to law and policy. Often, these articles focused on privacy matters. Additionally, during a portion of law school, Sparapani gained valuable Hill experience working with Senator Russell Feingold on matters before the Judiciary Committee. Sparapani received his B.A. cum laude from Georgetown University in 1996 and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 2000.

    ACLU Washington Legislative Office
    915 15th Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20005
    (202) 715-0834
    www.aclu.org


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    Sep 13, Peter Scheer, - Executive Director, California First Amendment Coalition

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    Since June 2004 Scheer has been Executive Director of the California First Amendment Coalition, a nonprofit public interest organization committed to free speech and open-government rights.

    A lawyer and journalist, Scheer was editor and publisher of The Recorder, a daily legal newspaper in San Francisco, and publisher of Legal Times, a Washington, DC-based weekly on law and lobbying. Scheer practiced appellate law in Washington, DC, both in the U.S. Justice Department and in private practice. A partner in the Washington, DC firm of Onek, Klein & Farr, and general counsel to the National Security Archive, Scheer has argued appellate cases in most of the federal courts of appeal and in the U.S. Supreme Court.

    In 2006 Scheer was named winner of the Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award by the national Sigma Delta Chi Foundation. Also in 2006 Scheer received the James Madison Freedom of Information Award, given by the Society of Professional Journalists in California.

    Scheer was founder of callaw.com, a legal news and information site (now part of ALM's law.com), and of yourwall.com, an online fine art photography gallery. Scheer's Op-Ed articles on the First Amendment and other legal and political subjects have appeared in numerous publications, both print and online, including the Sacramento Bee, Slate.com, San Jose Mercury News, Salon.com, Orange County Register, San Francisco Chronicle, the San Diego Union-Tribune, Los Angeles Daily Journal, The Recorder and American Lawyer magazine.

    Scheer received his JD in 1978 from Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Harvard Law Review. He received his BA at Amherst College, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

    Contact:
    534 Fourth St. #B, San Rafael, CA 94901
    ph 415.460.5060 fax 460.5155 cell 505.5024

    pscheer@earthlink.net http://www.cfac.org


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    Sept 06, David Bender Esq., - Information Technology Attorney

    Sept 06, Larry Ponemon, - Privacy Expert, Researcher

    Sept 06, Susan Jayson, - Privacy Expert, Researcher

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    David Bender

    Practice and Experience
    A privacy, intellectual property and information technology attorney, David Bender has extensive experience in contracting, litigation and counseling. He co-chairs the Privacy Practice Group and has been active in counseling on matters regarding privacy and data protection. He and negotiates and drafts all types of agreements relating to Internet, computer software and hardware matters. He also litigates computer related disputes and directs privacy audits and intellectual property due diligence investigations.

    Mr. Bender is the author of Computer Law: Software Protection and Litigation, a four volume treatise, and of a number of law review articles on topics relating to computer, intellectual property and antitrust law. He has published numerous papers in conference handbooks and has been a guest speaker, on privacy and various information technology and intellectual property topics, at more than 200 seminars in the United States and in fifteen other countries. He is also a past president of the Computer Law Association.

    Among his recent accomplishments, Mr. Bender headed a worldwide privacy audit for a global travel-related company. He has also represented a venture formed to create an online foreign exchange options system; a major bank in the formation of a joint venture to acquire rights in and exploit certain market trading software; and Aramco in the formation of a joint venture to own and operate refineries and service stations linked by a computer system spanning 23 states. In a federal litigation brought by CIGNA Insurance, Mr. Bender defended Aetna Insurance against allegations of inducing misappropriation of software. He also represented Aetna at the mini trial that ultimately resolved this controversy.

    Before joining White & Case, Mr. Bender was General Attorney, Intellectual Property Litigation, for AT&T, where he was responsible for all Intellectual Property suits brought by or against any Bell System company. Prior to that, he was in private practice, concentrating in antitrust litigation.

    Bars and Courts
    United States Patent and Trademark Office
    District of Columbia Bar, admitted 1969
    New York State Bar, admitted 1971
    United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth and Federal Circuits

    Education
    Sc.B., in Applied Mathematics, Brown University, 1961
    J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1968
    LL.M., in Patent Law, George Washington University, 1969
    S.J.D., in Computer Law, George Washington University, 1975

    White and Case
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    New York, NY 10036-2787
    (212) 819-8649
    www.whitecase.com

    Dr. Larry Ponemon

    Dr. Lawrence A. Ponemon is the Chairman and Founder of the Ponemon Institute, a research think tank dedicated to advancing privacy and data protection practices. Dr. Ponemon is considered a pioneer in privacy risk management and the development of the Responsible Information Management or RIM framework.

    Ponemon Institute conducts independent research, educates leaders from the private and public sectors and verifies the privacy and data protection practices of organizations in a various industries. In addition to Institute activities, Dr. Ponemon is an adjunct professor for information ethics and privacy at Carnegie Mellon University's CIO Institute and is faculty of CyLab. He serves on the Unisys Corporationís Security Leadership Institute Board and the IBM Privacy Management Council.

    Dr. Ponemon is a member of the National Board of Advisors of the Eller College of Business and Public Administration, University of Arizona. He serves on the Government Policy Advisory Committee and Co-Chair of the Internet Task Force for the Council of American Survey and Research Organizations (CASRO).

    Dr. Ponemon earned his Ph.D. at Union College in Schenectady, New York. He has a Masterís degree from Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and attended the doctoral program in system sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Ponemon earned his Bachelors with Highest Distinction from the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.

    Please visit Dr. Ponemon's web site: www.ponemon.org

    Susan Jayson

    Susan Jayson is executive director and co-founder of Ponemon Institute, LLC. In this role, Susan is responsible for managing the Institute's operations, including research on privacy and information management issues. Susan's background includes marketing, investor relations and corporate communications for such leading organizations as KPMG Peat Marwick, Arthur Andersen and the Financial Relations Board.

    Susan has a B.A. degree from Wayne State University and an MBA from Fordham University.


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    Aug 30, Bo Holland, - Technology and Financial Privacy

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    Bo Holland is an undefeated start-up veteran who has been delivering innovative technology solutions to financial institutions for over fifteen years. In 2004, Holland founded Debix and currently serves as CEO.

    Holland was previously founder and CEO of Works, Inc., which was acquired by Bank of America in 2005. Works develops commercial payment solutions for large organizations and distributes the product via Bank of America, Wells Fargo, PNC Bank, Sun Trust and Commerce Bank. Holland invented the patent-pending technology that enables large organizations to approve and control payments for operating expenses via credit cards.

    Prior to Works, Holland served as Director Product and Marketing for Pervasive Software (NASDAQ: PVSW), and was instrumental in turning the company around and taking it public in September 1997. Prior to Pervasive, Holland joined Citrix Systems (NASDAQ: CTXS) as employee 32 and was instrumental in developing the WinFrame product line.

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    Aug 23, Burton Hersh, - Author, Expert on CIA

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    Burton Hersh has adroitly sidestepped regular employment and persevered throughout a long and frequently tumultuous career as an independent writer. Following a six-year stint as a Fulbright Scholar and military translator in Germany, he returned to New York in the sixties to more than a decade as a successful magazine article writer and afterwards became a prolific author. He has a colorful background, received many literary awards, and his many years of research gave him great insights into American society and privacy issues. Below are some of his published books.

    • The Shadow President: Ted Kennedy in Opposition (Steerforth Press, 1997)
    • The Old Boys: The American Elite and the Origins of the CIA (Scribners, 1992) (Tree Farm Books, 2001)
    • The Mellon Family: A Fortune in History (Morrow, 1978) Book Of The Month Club, Fortune Book Club
    • The Education of Edward Kennedy (Morrow, 1972) Book Find Club; paperback Dell, 1980
    • The Ski People (McGraw-Hill, 1968)
    Periodical Work
    Many contributions to, among others: Show, Horizon, Holiday, Venture, Ski, Town and Country, Sports Illustrated, Esquire, The Transatlantic Review, The Los Angeles Times, Newsday, The New York Times, Punch, The Washington Post and The Washingtonian.

    He's been featured on the History Channel, A&E, and interviewed on hundreds of other radio and television programs.

    "Burton Hersh has brought to life the dark and secret world of American intelligence in its formulative years. It is a breathtakingly comprehensive piece of research and a miracle of lucid writing."
    - Daniel Schorr, Senior Political Analyst for NPR

    For more information see: www.treefarmbooks.com


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    Aug 16, Tom Zeller, - Journalist, New York Times - Technology and Society

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    Tom Zeller Jr. writes about technology and society for The New York Times -- a beat he has covered since Aug. 2004. His most recent stories have looked at the crime from the streets of Phoenix, where identity theft complaints are highest nationally, and from a prison in upstate New York, where a young identity thief is serving time. They are part of a larger series of stories under the rubric "Stolen Lives," which focuses on the problem of identity theft.

    Before coming to the tech beat, Tom was an editor and a contributing writer for the paper's popular Week in Review section, beginning in June 2000. In addition to assigning and editing essays and designing visual packages for the section, Tom wrote stories on topics ranging from the risky (sometimes deadly) journey of Mexican border jumpers, to Saddam Hussein's prolific use of body-doubles.

    Prior to joining The Times, Tom worked as a library clerk in Cleveland, a kindergarten teacher in Finland, and held a number of other odd factory and mailroom jobs. In 1993 he decided to return to school to complete his education, having dropped out of college after one long, lost year in 1988. Tom completed a B.A. (finally) in English literature with a minor in political science from Cleveland State University in 1997 and took an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University in 1998.

    Tom came to The Times as an intern at the paper's Web site in June, 1998. He currently resides in New York City.


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    Aug 09, Betsy Broder, - Assistant Director, FTC's Privacy and Identity Theft Division

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    Betsy Broder is an Assistant Director in the Federal Trade Commission's Division of Privacy and Identity Protection. In this capacity she helps coordinate the agency's law enforcement and outreach efforts on privacy issues, including data security and identity theft. She also oversees the FTC's other identity theft initiatives such as coordination with criminal law enforcement agencies and consumer education. She has testified before Congress and has been interviewed in television, newspapers and radio reports focusing on identity theft.

    Ms. Broder formerly served as Assistant Director of the FTC's Division of Marketing Practices where she supervised consumer fraud litigation in federal court. During her tenure at the FTC, Ms. Broder has led the investigation and civil prosecution of telemarketing boiler rooms, Internet pyramid schemes and business and franchise scams in courts throughout the United States. She has also served as an Assistant to the FTC's Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection.

    www.ftc.gov and www.consumer.gov/idtheft


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    Aug 02, Steve Zamucen, - CPA- Protecting Your Privacy and Security in Investments

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    Mr. Zamucen's areas of concentration include Business Valuation, Fraud Investigation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Consulting and Forensic Accounting. He is a recognized expert witness in this area. Mr. Zamucen received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and his Masters of Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from Santa Clara University. He has achieved the American Institute of CPA's designation and Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV). He is also a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). Mr. Zamucen has been an instructor for the University of Irvine, Extension Program, California State University Long Beach, Extension Program and numerous Bar and CPA Programs throughout the past 15 years.

    Zamucen, Curren, Holmes & Hanzich
    17848 Sky Park Circle
    Irvine, CA 92614
    Tel: (949) 955-2522
    Fax (949) 724-3817
    Web: www.zamucen.com


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    Jul 26, Jeff Sovern, - Professor of Law, St. John's University

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    Before joining the law faculty, Professor Sovern served as law clerk to Chief Judge Frank A. Kaufman of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland and practiced law in the litigation department of a major New York City law firm. He is currently working on the third edition of a casebook titled "Consumer Law: Cases and Materials," with Professors John A. Spanogle, Ralph J. Rohner, and Dee Pridgen. He has written for various publications including Advancing the Consumer Interest, Annual Review of Banking Law, The Business Lawyer, Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems, DePaul Law Review, Encyclopedia of Housing, Federal Rules Decisions, Fordham Law Review, Journal of Consumer Affairs, Missouri Law Review, The New York Times, Ohio State Law Journal, the University of Pittsburgh Law Review, Washington Law Review and Wisconsin Law Review. He also has an article forthcoming in the William and Mary Law Review. His writings have been referred to in numerous casebooks, treatises, law review articles, and court decisions.

    The American Council on Consumer Interests awarded Professor Sovern the Russell A. Dixon Prize in 2002.

    Professor Sovern has served as Reporter to the Eastern District Discovery Oversight Committee and on committees of the American and New York State Bar Associations and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Professor Sovern teaches Civil Procedure, Consumer Protection, and Introduction to Law and the Legal Profession.

    http://www.stjohns.edu/academics/graduate/law/faculty/profiles/Sovern


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    Jul 19, Jeremy Miller, - Professor of Law, Chapman University

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    Jeremy M. Miller is professor of law at the Chapman University School of Law. Prior to returning to full-time teaching, he was Founding Dean. He has also been a law professor at Western State University. In addition, Professor Miller served as Editor-in-Chief of the Orange County Lawyer magazine for 12 years between 1994 and 2005. Professor Miller earned his B.A. from Yale, J.D. cum laude from Tulane, and an LL.M. from the University of Pennsylvania, thesis in Legal Ethics. He has clerked for the Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court, is a prolific author, and often lectures for continuing education of the Bar. He is an expert on 4th Amendment Rights and Search and Seizure.


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    Jul 12, Michelle Jun, - Attorney for Consumer's Union- Financial Privacy

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    Michelle Jun is a Staff Attorney/Campaign organizer with the www.FinancialPrivacyNow.org campaign, a project of Consumers Union, the nonprofit independent publisher of Consumer Reports. The project's goal is to inform consumers about how sensitive information about their finances is being increasingly used without their permission and how consumers can take steps individually and collectively to regain control over this sensitive information. She has worked with individuals, groups and legislators on security freeze legislation in over half the nation's states.

    Prior to her work on the Financial Privacy Now campaign, she was part of the Community Health Assets Project in which she provided assistance to community advocates and regulators to preserve community health assets resulting from the sale of non-profit health plans and hospitals. Before coming to Consumers Union in 2003, Ms. Jun worked with a number of legal aid agencies, advocating on behalf of immigrants and survivors of domestic violence. She received a law degree from the University of San Francisco, and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

    Consumers Union
    West Coast Office
    1535 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
    (415) 431-6747
    www.financialprivacynow.org
    www.consumersunion.org


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    Jul 05, James Scurlock, - Director, producer

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    James D. Scurlock was born in Seattle, Washington on September 15, 1971. He attended the prestigious Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania and has no formal film training. In 2002, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in filmmaking. His first film, Parents of the Year, has been featured in over 25 film festivals and won numerous awards. He is currently in post-production on his third film, Maxed Out, a study of Americans and debt. Stumped! is his first feature film.
    www.maxedoutmovie.com


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    Jun 28, Larry Ponemon, - Privacy Expert, Researcher

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    Dr. Lawrence A. Ponemon is the Chairman and Founder of the Ponemon Institute, a research think tank dedicated to advancing privacy and data protection practices. Dr. Ponemon is considered a pioneer in privacy risk management and the development of the Responsible Information Management or RIM framework.

    Ponemon Institute conducts independent research, educates leaders from the private and public sectors and verifies the privacy and data protection practices of organizations in a various industries. In addition to Institute activities, Dr. Ponemon is an adjunct professor for information ethics and privacy at Carnegie Mellon University's CIO Institute and is faculty of CyLab. He serves on the Unisys Corporationís Security Leadership Institute Board and the IBM Privacy Management Council.

    Dr. Ponemon is a member of the National Board of Advisors of the Eller College of Business and Public Administration, University of Arizona. He serves on the Government Policy Advisory Committee and Co-Chair of the Internet Task Force for the Council of American Survey and Research Organizations (CASRO).

    Dr. Ponemon earned his Ph.D. at Union College in Schenectady, New York. He has a Masterís degree from Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and attended the doctoral program in system sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Ponemon earned his Bachelors with Highest Distinction from the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.

    Please visit Dr. Ponemon's web site: www.ponemon.org


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    Jun 21, Bruce Schneier, - Author and Security Expert

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    Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist and author. Described by The Economist as a "security guru," Schneier is best known as a refreshingly candid and lucid security critic and commentator. When people want to know how security really works, they turn to Schneier.

    His first bestseller, Applied Cryptography, explained how the arcane science of secret codes actually works, and was described by Wired as "the book the National Security Agency wanted never to be published." His book on computer and network security, Secrets and Lies, was called by Fortune "[a] jewel box of little surprises you can actually use." His current book, Beyond Fear, tackles the problems of security from the small to the large: personal safety, crime, corporate security, national security.

    Bruce Schneier is the founder and CTO of Counterpane Internet Security, Inc., the world's leading protector of networked information -- the inventor of outsourced security monitoring and the foremost authority on effective mitigation of emerging IT threats.

    Visit his website at: http://www.schneier.com/


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    Jun 14, Mary Culnan, - Professor of Information Technology

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    Mary Culnan is the Slade Professor of Management and Information Technology at Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts. Her current research interests include privacy, promoting security on home computers, and online communities. She is the author of more than ninety articles including publications in the MIS Quarterly, Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, The Information Society, Management Science, the New York Times and the Washington Post.

    Professor Culnan has testified before Congress, the Massachusetts House and Senate and other government agencies on a range of privacy issues. Currently she serves as a member of the GAO's Executive Council on Information Management and Technology. She also served as a Commissioner on the President's Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection. She is the author of the 1999 Georgetown Internet Privacy Policy Survey which the Federal Trade Commission used to make recommendations to Congress, and she served on the FTC's Advisory Committee on Access and Security. Business Week's e-biz Web site profiled her as a "Mover & Shaker." She holds a Ph.D. in management from UCLA.

    Her new report on privacy issues : http://www.bentley.edu/news-events/pdf/Final_Report_040610.pdf


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    Jun 7, David Szwak, - Attorney, Fair Credit Reporting Act and Identity Theft

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    David A. Szwak, a native of Baton Rouge, was admitted to the Louisiana Bar in 1991. He is a double LSU graduate having earned his Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Business Analysis at LSU and his law degree from LSU Law Center. He is a consumer credit attorney and partner with Bodenheimer, Jones, Szwak & Winchell, in Shreveport. Mr. Szwak is admitted to practice in Louisiana, as well as the federal courts of the Eastern, Western and Middle Districts of Louisiana, the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, the Northern,Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas, the District of Arizona, the Eastern District of Michigan, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States. He also frequently practices pro hac vice in most other federal and state jurisdictions. He has authored many legal articles, frequently lectures, and regularly litigates consumer credit, privacy, defamation and fraud cases. He also provides expert witness services in Fair Credit Reporting Act cases and related issues. His services include consultation, evaluation, assistance in drafting pleadings and discovery, depositions, expert reports and analysis, and testimony. A listing of his expert witness cases is available on his law firm web site www.bjswlaw.com. www.myfaircredit.com


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    May 31, David Mc Cain, - Law Enforcement Investigator, Cyber Crime

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    David Mc Cain is a Detective with the Huntington Beach Police Department. He has been assigned to the High Tech Crimes Unit since 2001. His assignment includes investigating high tech crimes and assisting other investigators with various other types of crimes where the Internet or when a computer was used. He also performs computer forensic examinations on various media containing digital evidence. In the year 2000, he was named Investigator of the Year by his department.

    Detective Mc Cain is also currently a member of the FBI Task Force named the SAFE Team. This task force enforces federal statues involving Internet crimes against children. He is a deputized Special Deputy U.S. Marshall as part of this task force. David is a part time instructor for the California Department of Justice. He teaches law enforcement officers throughout the state in computer forensics. This allows him to hear, first hand, what investigators from the entire state are experiencing.

    Detective Mc Cain has received training from Guidance Software, Access Data, the California Department of Justice, the National White Collar Crime Center, the SEARCH Group (National Consortium for Justice and Statistics), the High Tech Crimes Investigators Association (HTCIA) and the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS). He has received his CFCE Certification (Computer Forensic Certified Examiner) and Certified Electronic Evidence Collection Certificate from the IACIS.

    David belongs to the High Tech Crimes Investigators Association (HTCIA), International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS), Orange County Fraud Investigators Association and Southern California Fraud Investigators Association.

    Mr. McCain has performed forensics on both criminal and civil cases involving theft, theft of intellectual property, unlawful termination, sexual harassment, homicides, child exploitation, identity theft, terrorist threats, cyber stalking, Internet usage, computer intrusion and online auction fraud.

    Mr. Mc Cain is the President of DataClues, Inc. His company provides E-Discovery, computer forensics and many other services to its clients. He is a licensed private investigator in the State of California.


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    May 24, Claire Miller, - Victim of Cyber Identity Theft

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    Claire Miller is a successful professional with 18 years' experience in the publishing industry, living and working in Manhattan for the past 11 years. The year 2005 was a challenging and painful year for her: her father's continuing battle with Parkinson's disease, her younger sister's breast cancer and chemotherapy, a big promotion at work in June, followed by her mother's illness and death in July. She was hardly ready for what happened in the fall. In September, she began receiving visits and telephone calls from strangers-men who claimed to have communicated with her online through e-mails, chat rooms, and instant messaging (IMing). Through some of these men, she discovered that a cyber stalker had put up information on websites pretending to be her. She thinks he hacked into a high school friend's e-mails, gathering personal information about her. This stalker has impersonated her not only in direct correspondence with men online, but also by posting at least three profiles on personals websites, some of which listed her full name, home address, and home telephone number. After the article about her in the New York Times on April 17, 2006, law enforcement is helping to investigate to uncover the identity of this stalker.


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    May 17, Lance James - Phishing Expert

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    Lance James (author of Phishing Exposed) has been involved in information security for more than 10 years, providing consultation to governments, start-ups, Fortune 500 companies and America's top financial institutions. He has devised techniques to prevent, track, and detect online fraud as a chief scientist with Secure Science Corporation (www.securescience.net), a security software company that is busy tracking over 53 phishing groups.)




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    May 10, Ann Cavoukian, Ph.D. - Ontario, Canada's first Information and Privacy Commissioner reappointed to a second term

    May 10, Peter Hope-Tindall - Chief Privacy Architect-Biometrics and Data Privacy Expert

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    Ann Cavoukian, Ph.D.

    Dr. Ann Cavoukian is recognized as one of the top privacy experts in the world. An avowed believer in the role that technology can play in protecting privacy, her leadership has seen her office develop a number of tools and procedures to ensure privacy is protected in Ontario - and around the globe.

    Dr. Cavoukian is Ontario's first Information and Privacy Commissioner to be reappointed for a second term. Initially appointed in 1997, her role in overseeing the operations of the freedom of information and privacy laws in Canada's most populous province was extended to 2009. Like the provincial auditor, she serves as an officer of the legislature, independent of the government of the day.

    Businesses across North America and Europe regularly seek the Commissioner's advice and guidance on privacy and data protection issues. She has been involved in a number of international committees focused on privacy, technology and business. Her groundbreaking 1995 paper on advancing privacy protection through the pursuit of privacy-enhancing technologies or PETs is now part of the industry lexicon.

    Whenever a privacy, security or access issue hits the news, Dr. Cavoukian is one of the first experts called in by the media to try and make sense of it. She often serves the role of "translator" - breaking down complex issues into understandable terms and concepts. She is also frequently called upon to speak at leading international forums.

    In October 2005, Commissioner Cavoukian was presented with the "Privacy Innovation Award" at the largest-ever gathering of privacy professionals - the conference held by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Dr. Cavoukian and the IPC were recognized for the development of the ground breaking Privacy Short Notices - a concise and easily understood Notice informing individuals of how their personal information is being used under PHIPA. Commissioner Cavoukian was honoured to accept the award stating that, "To have my office recognized for its innovative work in this field is truly gratifying. I have always believed that a practical approach advances privacy the most. Creating privacy notices that are short and easily understood maximizes our effectiveness in reaching the public."

    Further, in November 2005, The European Biometrics Forum (EBF) announced the establishment of The International Biometric Advisory Council (IBAC) and named Dr. Ann Cavoukian as a member of the Council. Dr. Cavoukian, a world renowned expert on privacy, will provide advice and expert opinion to the EBF, its members and partners, on the most pertinent issues facing biometrics around the world today.

    Dr. Cavoukian is also the published author of two groundbreaking books on privacy - "Who Knows: Safeguarding Your Privacy in a Networked World" (1997), written with Don Tapscott and "The Privacy Payoff: How Successful Businesses Build Customer Trust" (2002), written with Tyler Hamilton. The books look at the personal and financial risks that arise in the absence of safeguarding personal and customer data. She is a pioneer in advancing the bottom-line business need for companies, large and small, to have strong privacy practices.

    Dr. Cavoukian joined the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner in 1987, during its start-up phase, as its first Director of Compliance. In 1990, she was appointed Assistant Commissioner. Prior to joining the IPC, she headed the Research Services Branch for the provincial Attorney General. Dr. Cavoukian received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, where she specialized in criminology and law, and lectured on psychology and the criminal justice system.

    Peter Hope-Tindall

    Mr. Hope-Tindall is Technical Director and Chief Privacy Architect of dataPrivacy Partners Ltd., a Canadian based privacy consultancy.

    Formerly, he was special advisor to the Information and Privacy Commissioner/Ontario for biometrics and cryptography where he conducted privacy audits and assessments and monitored the development of large government systems having a significant privacy component. Mr. Hope-Tindall also represented the province of Ontario at the 1998 Canadian encryption policy discussions from which the template for Canada's national encryption policy arose.

    Mr. Hope-Tindall is presently acting as a consultant to the Paris- based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) where he has researched the impact of biometrics-based and DNA-based technologies and is participating in the 'Enhanced International Travel Security' OECD/ICAO ad-hoc working group as an invited expert in the fields of biometrics and privacy.

    Closer to home, Mr. Hope-Tindall recently completed an engagement as Privacy Architect to the government of Ontario Smart Card Project, a challenging assignment to address the imperative of security within a privacy framework. He also conducts privacy impact assessments, designs privacy architecture (a formal design methodology utilizing technology to protect privacy within complex systems) and develops privacy policy and advice.

    Mr. Hope-Tindall is a frequent speaker and commentator on biometrics and privacy issues internationally. In September 2003 he was invited by Justice Canada to brief members of the Human Rights Law Section and the Legal Services Branch with regard to biometric systems. In October 2003 Mr. Hope-Tindall was invited to testify before the Canadian parliament on the subjects of National ID cards, biometrics and privacy.

    www.dataprivacy.com


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    May 03, Lillie Coney - Assoc. Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)

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    Ms. Coney is Associate Director with the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). Her issue areas include nanotechnology, surveillance, children's privacy, civil rights and privacy, coalition development, spectrum, census, and electronic voting. Ms. Coney also serves as Coordinator of the recently established National Committee on Voting Integrity (NCVI). NCVI was created in 2003 in response to growing concerns about the reliability of electronic voting systems.

    Ms. Coney serves as the Coordinator for the recently established National Committee for Voting Integrity (NCVI). NCVI was established in 2003 to respond to growing concerns about the reliability of electronic voting systems.

    Ms. Coney was the former Public Policy Coordinator for the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). Prior to that, Ms. Coney served as special assistant to Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) on a variety of issues ranging from energy and information technology policy, election reform, to education policy. Her background includes extensive work in computer systems and technology policy. She has over 20 years of experience working with a wide range of civil rights and grassroots organizations on issues relating to voting and civil rights.

    Ms. Coney received a BA in Political Science and a Masters in Public Administration from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. She is a former Systems Administrator who has designed and developed web sites for Congressional offices. Ms. Coney also contributed a chapter to the New York Times bestseller by MoveOn "Fifty Ways to Love Your Country." The chapter focused on her contributions in mobilizing a "grassroots" project for the African American community of Jefferson County Texas to encourage voter participation. Her most recent article "Democracy in America: A Call for Election Reform" appeared in the Journal of Law and Social Challenges" (Fall 2005)

    Contact Information
    Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
    1718 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 200
    Washington, DC 20009
    coney@epic.org
    +1 202 483-1140 x111 (office)
    +1 202 483 1248 (fax)


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    Apr 26, Kirk M. Herath - Assoc. General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer, Nationwide

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    Kirk Herath is Associate General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer for Nationwide Insurance Companies and affiliates based in Columbus, Ohio.

    Kirk heads up a team that has primary responsibility for corporate privacy policy and implementing privacy across all lines of business. He represents Nationwide's interests on many industry and business privacy groups and before legislative and regulatory bodies. He is the primary attorney at Nationwide for legal issues impacting privacy, information security and confidentiality.

    He currently serves on the Board of the International Association of Privacy Officers as Vice President and President Elect. He is a member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. Kirk is also an editorial board member for Peppers & Rogers "1 to 1 Report" and sits on the Ponemon Institute for Privacy advisory board. He is also a member of the American Bar Association's Privacy & Computer Crime Committee (Section of Science & Technology Law).

    Kirk received undergraduate degrees in political science and history from the University of Cincinnati and has a master's degree in international affairs from the American University in Washington, D.C. Kirk holds a law degree from Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio, and is admitted to the Ohio Bar. Kirk is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional.

    www.nationwide.com


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    Apr 19, Eric Drew - Identity Theft Victim

    Apr 19, Ronald Hemphill - Ex-career Identity Theft Criminal

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    Eric Drew

    Eric Drew was on his deathbed with a rare and virulent form of leukemia. And then he got a telephone callónot from his parents or his girlfriend, but from a collections agency. Suddenly the fight of his life was not just about beating terminal illness, but beating the system as wellóhe was the target of identity theft and forced to try to solve the crime himself, ultimately leading to a hospital employee who knew his dire diagnosis. Refusing to be a victim of his disease or of his circumstances, Eric ultimately emerged cancer-free and on the forefront of the fight against the thieves who target consumers and the financial and credit industries who, as Eric found, do little to protect their customers and often actually profit from this heinous crime. Eric inspires people to fight the rising identity theft epidemic as if their lives, as his did, depend on it.

    Eric is a former VP of several Silicon Valley global software and banking firms, a high school football quarterback, runway model, and beauty pageant producer. Today Eric divides his time between being the Director of the Eric Drew Foundation (saving lives and assisting terminally ill patients and their families) and a Founder of Knightsbridge Castle, a non-profit foundation and company formed by other identity theft victims, Stanford Criminologists, law enforcement officials, and high level Silicon Valley executives to combat the growing threat of this malicious, life-destroying crime.

    Visit http://www.rothtalent.com/home.html

    Ronald Hemphill

    Ronald Hemphill, a 20-year ex-career identity theft criminal, is now a born-again Christian. He was one of the nation's top identity thieves who headed a multi-million dollar organized identity theft ring. He has now turned his life around and is fighting identity theft from an insider's perspective. He is an independent security consultant specializing in identity theft prevention.

    As one of the latest identity theft experts on the scene, he brings not only a wealth of personal experience, but integrity and character as well; and currently works with the nations leading identity theft and security experts, as well as corporations, and government.

    He has appeared on CNN; AOL Black Voices did the Buick Good News Story about him. He will be featured on an upcoming HBO Special on sports figures and how they are victimized. He was a featured speaker at a Dallas, Texas Town Hall Meeting with a State Representative, other elected officials, and law enforcement agencies.

    Mr. Hemphill has also testified at the Texas State Capitol in Austin, TX, before the House and Senate on identity theft. He has been a guest on numerous radio-talk shows, and has several upcoming television shows in the works. Mr. Hemphill co-founded the Identity Theft Help and Information Network (ITHIN); a company that work with corporations and law enforcement agencies through seminars, lectures, and consulting, to show what is needed to eradicate identity theft.

    Email: rkhsuccess7@yahoo.com

    Phone: (888) 499-9259
    Phone: (253) 661-5938


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    Apr 12, Carol DiBattiste - Privacy Officer, ChoicePoint

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    Carol DiBattiste is the Chief Credentialing, Compliance and Privacy Officer at ChoicePoint, reporting to the company's Board of Directors' Privacy Committee. She leads an independent office in the Washington, DC area to oversee ChoicePoint's customer and internal credentialing, and establish credentialing and privacy policies and procedures regarding compliance with local, state and federal privacy laws, regulations and company policies. Ms. DiBattiste also works with industry, government, non-profit organizations, and the privacy community on credentialing, compliance, and privacy matters.

    From March 2003 to April 2005, Ms. DiBattiste served as Deputy Administrator (and previously as the Chief of Staff) at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the largest operating component in the Department of Homeland Security.

    From February 2003 to July 2004, Ms. DiBattiste was TSA's Chief of Staff. In that position she advised and assisted the Administrator and Deputy Administrator; served as the liaison between TSA and the Department of Homeland Security in handling critical and time sensitive matters relating to TSA's overall mission.

    From 1999 to 2001, Ms. DiBattiste was the Under Secretary of the United States Air Force, the 2nd highest ranking position responsible for recruiting, training and equipping more than 710,000 individuals and a budget of over $70 billion.

    From 1997 to 1999, Ms. DiBattiste was the Deputy United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, the 2nd highest ranking position, managing and supervising the day-to-day office operations, coordinating with all branches of Federal, state and local government, media, and business and civic groups, and responsible for prosecution of all Federal criminal and civil offenses, and defense of civil actions against the United States.

    From 1994 to 1997, Ms. DiBattiste was the Director, Executive Office for United States Attorneys, Department of Justice, providing executive, management, legal, security, and policy support to the 94 Offices of the United States Attorneys nationwide (over 10,000 employees and an appropriation of over $1 billion); working directly with the Attorney General.

    Before serving as Director of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys, she was Principal Deputy General Counsel for the Department of the Navy, the 2nd highest ranking lawyer, providing advice to the Secretary of the Navy, supervising the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and over 600 attorneys.

    She enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1971, received her commission in 1976, and retired as a Major in 1991. She was a Judge Advocate from 1981-1991, serving in such capacities as Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, Chief Prosecutor for the Pacific Region, faculty of the Air Force Judge Advocate General School (taught Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, and Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Trial Advocacy, and was Course Director for Advanced Trial Advocacy and Reserve Forces Judge Advocate Courses), and Chief Recruiting Attorney for the Air Force.

    Ms. DiBattiste also taught on the faculties of the University of Miami School of Law Trial Skills Program 1998-1999, and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 1986-1992.

    Ms. DiBattiste earned her B.A. degree magna cum laude in sociology/criminal justice from LaSalle University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1976. She was awarded her J.D. degree from Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1981, where she was a member of Moot Court, winning awards for the Best Advocate and Best Brief. She was awarded her Master of Laws (LL.M) degree from Columbia University School of Law, New York, New York, in 1986.


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    Apr 5, Fran Maier - Executive Director and President, TRUSTe

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    Fran Maier is the Executive Director and President of TRUSTe, the leading brand in online privacy. Ms. Maier brings 15+ years of experience building consumer brands and enhancing consumer trust. She is known for her expertise in online privacy, online marketing best practices, and marketing to women. As a co-founder of Match.com she established credibility, safety and trust in online dating, making Match.com the favorite dating site for single women. In executive marketing roles at Women.com and Kmart's BlueLight.com subsidiary Ms. Maier has both established new start-up online brands and brought blue-chip offline brands onto the Internet.

    Since Ms. Maier joined TRUSTe in 2001, the independent, non-profit has evolved to expand consumer choice from Websites to email and now, downloadable software. During that time TRUSTe has strengthened its monitoring and dispute resolution platforms while growing in influence and certifying more than 1,800 websites. Ms. Maier speaks widely on the issues of privacy, security, and trust, has appeared before the Federal Trade Commission and the US Department of Commerce, and has testified before the United States House of Representative's Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection.

    Ms. Maier holds a BA and MBA from Stanford University. She lives in Alameda, CA with her husband and two sons.

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    Mar 29, David Shenk - Author, Privacy and Information Technology

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    David Shenk is an award-winning, national-bestselling author of four books, and a contributor to National Geographic, Harper's, National Public Radio, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Wired, and The American Scholar. He has written about music, technology, politics, bioethics, the brain, corporate malfeasance and kids' toys. He lectures frequently and regularly appears on TV and radio.

    His most recent book, THE FORGETTING (Doubleday, 2001), won First Prize in the British Medical Association's Popular Medical Book Awards, and was hailed by John Bayley as "the definitive work on Alzheimer's." The Los Angeles Times Book Review called it "A remarkable addition to the literature of the science of the mind." In January, 2004, PBS broadcast "The Forgetting," a documentary inspired by the book. Shenk speaks frequently on the history, biology and social urgency of Alzheimer's disease. He has also advised the President's Council on Bioethics on dementia-related issues.

    Previous to his work on Alzheimer's, Shenk published two books and dozens of essays on the emotional, social and political ramifications of the information revolution. DATA SMOG (HarperCollins, 1997) was hailed by The New York Times as an "indispensable guide to the big picture of technology's cultural impact." The book, profiled on 60 Minutes, was supported by a fellowship from the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center at Columbia University, and was later named a finalist for the McGannon Award for Social and Ethical Relevance in Communication Policy. Following Data Smog, Shenk wrote a column for Hotwired, contributed commentaries to NPR's "All Thing's Considered," and co-founded "Technorealism," a movement encouraging balanced consideration of technology's effects on humanity.

    In the Fall of 1998, he spent two months in Japan on a United States-Japan Foundation fellowship, where he explored that technology-saturated society. The following year, he published THE END OF PATIENCE (Indiana University Press,1999), a collection of his essays and commentaries which Sven Birkerts called, "Exhilarating to read...a startling glimpse of where we are." Dan Rather commented: "Shenk may understand the Information Age better than anyone else: he sees benefits and perils that everybody else seems too rushed to notice, and I predict that the 'notes of caution' he sounds in The End of Patience will be remembered by future generations for their prophetic accuracy."

    Earlier on, Shenk contributed to the Washington Post and the Washington Monthly, wrote an acidic column on business ethics for Spy magazine, and co-wrote SKELETON KEY (Doubleday, 1994) with Steve Silberman. Wired lauded Skeleton Key as "a modern-day Joycean epiphany."

    More recently, he has written about the emerging age of surveillance for National Geographic, and is at work on a related documentary. Shenk's writing also appears in several collections, and in the Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications. His work has been published in twenty additional languages. His next book is a cultural history of chess.

    Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio (the ice cream capital of the world), Shenk graduated from Brown University in 1988. He now lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two astonishing kids. He also has two pretty amazing brothers: Jon Shenk, a filmmaker, and Joshua Wolf Shenk, a writer and performer. Fast approaching middle age, Shenk still has an unswerving devotion to his childhood cat Brownfoot. If you press him on it, though, he will admit that Brownfoot did not, in fact, have a brown foot.


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    Mar 22, J. Trevor Hughes, Esq., CIPP

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    J. Trevor Hughes is an attorney specializing in ecommerce, privacy and technology law. Hughes serves as the Executive Director of the Network Advertising Initiative (the NAI) and the International Association of Privacy Professionals (the IAPP). In his role with the NAI, Hughes leads the NAI's efforts to create manageable standards for industry at the intersection of privacy and technology. He leads the NAI's Email Service Provider Coalition, an organization that is dedicated to developing technological and public policy tools to reduce spam and protect legitimate email. In his role with the IAPP, Hughes leads the world's largest association of privacy professionals.

    Hughes has provided testimony before the US Congress Commerce Committee, the Senate Commerce Committee, the Federal Trade Commission, and the EU Parliament on issues of privacy, spam and privacy sensitive technologies. He is a member of the first class of Certified Information Privacy Professionals (CIPP) and is currently working with co-author Reed Freeman on "Consumer Privacy Law", to be published by CCH in 2006.

    Prior to entering private practice, Hughes served as director of privacy and corporate counsel for Engage, a leading online media and software company. Before that, Hughes worked as corporate counsel for UnumProvident, where he focused on legal issues associated with advertising and online insurance transactions.

    Hughes has lectured on privacy and ecommerce law at Boston College Law School, the University of Maine School of Law and Northeastern University. He is also a frequent speaker on these issues at conferences around the world. Hughes has been featured on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition", the PBS "Nightly Business Report", and in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, PC World, Washington Post, Boston Globe, and Business Week.

    Hughes also has significant experience as a media official at the 1994 World Cup, 1996 Olympics and the 1999 Women's World Cup. A native of Canada, Hughes holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Massachusetts and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Maine School of Law.


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    Mar 15, Linda Foley - Co- Executive Director, Identity Theft Resource Center

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    Linda Foley is the co-founder/director of the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), a nation-wide nonprofit identity theft program based in San Diego, California. Established in 1999 in response to the growing need for victim assistance and public empowerment due to the epidemic rise in identity theft, today ITRC is nationally respected for its expertise and work.

    As a former victim of identity theft herself, Foley is uniquely suited to understanding the complexities of this crime. ITRC supports thousands of victims through its web site, email and telephone correspondence. Foley developed and wrote the numerous comprehensive publications on ITRC's website (www.idtheftcenter.org) and used by the national office and network of trained volunteers.

    Foley provides testimony and information for national and state conferences and taskforces, and remains a resource for legislators throughout the nation. Foley has appeared on numerous major television news show, several talk shows and is widely quoted by major newspapers, radio stations and magazines.

    Besides her work in the community, Foley forges partnerships with companies to create better document handling procedures. She has created a workplace ID theft self-assessment inventory for use by businesses that might not want outside consultants to evaluate their company.

    She has been honored as the 10Leadership Program (San Diego's ABC affiliate) Individual Leader for 2001, is a recipient of the prestigious Foundation for Improvement of Justice Award (Sept 2000), the 2004 National Crime Victim Service Award presented by U. S. Attorney General for the Department of Justice and commendations by U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein and former CA Governor Gray Davis.


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    Mar 8, Deborah Peel - MD, Patient Privacy Rights

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    Deborah C. Peel, M.D. is Chair and Founder of Patient Privacy Rights, a national consumer medical privacy watchdog organization. Peel is a nationally recognized expert on medical privacy. She has been a proponent of retaining the Hippocratic Oath and medical ethics as the foundation for a patient-centered healthcare system for over a decade. She has testified before Congress and NCVHS on medical privacy, genetic privacy, and pharmacy benefits managers. Peel has practiced Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis for 29 years. For eleven years, she was Chief of Psychiatry at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, TX, where she ran the section of 100+ psychiatrists. She is a past President of the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians and a past President of the National Coalition of Mental Health Professionals and Consumers. Her experiences as a practicing physician, watching the elimination of medical privacy and the resulting harm to patients convinced her of the need for a strong national consumer advocacy organization dedicated to saving medical privacy rights. As a mother and consumer she could not in good conscience leave the design and control of our national healthcare system and protection of patient privacy to industry.

    http://www.patientprivacyrights.org


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    Mar 1, Lisa Dean - Privacy Officer, Transportation Security Administration

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    Lisa Dean was appointed Privacy Officer for the Transportation Security Administration in March, 2004. In this capacity, Dean is responsible for privacy compliance for the agency. Her responsibilities encompass assuring that the technologies used by TSA to protect the US sustain, and do not erode, privacy protections relating to the use, collection, and disclosure of personal and Department information. The Privacy Office also formulates and communicates official TSA privacy policies to employees and to the public, Works closely with stakeholders from the privacy advocacy community to keep them informed of progress on TSA programs, to address their privacy concerns and to incorporate them into the process of privacy protections during program development; Oversees that the acquisition, use and dissemination of personal information in the context of emerging technologies and agency program maintains the proper balance between national security and privacy protection; and monitors compliance with all applicable Federal privacy laws and regulations (Privacy Act and Fair Information Practices, Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act, and E-Government Act) and implements corrective, remedial, and preventive actions whenever necessary. Before joining the Department of Homeland Security, Dean served as the Washington Policy representative for the Electronic Frontier Foundation and prior to that, served as Vice President for Technology Policy and Privacy at the Free Congress Foundation where she was responsible for the organization's early involvement in the privacy movement to educate and influence the public and lawmakers on privacy issues that are fundamental to traditional American values.

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    Feb 22, Mari Frank - Identity Theft Secrets Revealed

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    Mari Frank, attorney and privacy consultant, is the creator of The Identity Theft Survival Kit, the audiocassette series Identity Theft Prevention and Survival, co-author of Privacy Piracy (with Beth Givens), and the author of two books published in 2005 by Porpoise Press (January 2005): From Victim to Victor: A Step by Step Guide for Ending the Nightmare of Identity Theft (2nd Edition, with CD) and Safeguard Your Identity: Protect yourself with a Personal Privacy Audit. Mari is also the host of Privacy Piracy a weekly one hour radio show at KUCI 88.9 FM and www.kuci.org/privacypiracy ( at the University of California, Irvine campus) dealing with issues of privacy in the information age.

    Ms. Frank has testified many times on privacy and identity theft issues in the California legislature and in the US Congress. In May 1999, she was summoned to the White House to a press conference with President Clinton to speak on Consumer Privacy. Her speech was broadcast on C-SPAN TV. This year, Mari's 90 minute PBS Television special, "Identity Theft: Protecting Yourself in the Information Age," aired nationwide. Both of her new books were featured gifts for viewers who pledged support for local PBS stations. Mari consults with corporations and government agencies and provides professional training programs. She also helps victims and consumers, and serves on the Identity Theft Task Force of the LA County District Attorney, and California's DMV Task Force on privacy. She's an Orange County Sheriff Reserve on the High Tech Crime Unit, an Advisory Board Member of the Identity Theft Resource Center and the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. Mari is also a research fellow with the Ponemon Institute on Privacy Issues. She was appointed to the State of California's Advisory Board of the Office of Privacy Protection. Mari is a certified trainer for the State Bar of California, a law professor, and currently teaches Conflict Management at the University of California, Irvine. She serves on the National Advisory Board of Divorce Magazine.

    Mari has appeared on dozens of national TV programs including Dateline, 48 Hours, the O'Reilly Factor, Investigative Reports, NBC and ABC Nightly News, CNN, and has been interviewed on more than 250 radio shows. She has been quoted or featured myriad times in major newspapers and magazines, (US News and World Report, Your Money Magazine, Money, Parade Magazine, The New York Times, The Wall St. Journal, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, The LA Times, etc) and her many articles have been published in legal journals and numerous magazines. Please learn more by visiting www.identitytheft.org, www.kuci.org/privacypiracy/ and www.MariFrank.com


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    Feb 15, Beth Givens - Director of the Privacy Rights Clearing House

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    Beth Givens is founder and director of the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (PRC), a nonprofit advocacy, research, and consumer education program located in San Diego, California. The PRC was established in 1992 with funding from the California Public Utilities Commission's Telecommunications Education Trust. It is an independent program of the Utility Consumers' Action Network, a nonprofit organization that advocates for consumers' interests regarding telecommunications, energy and the Internet.

    The PRC maintains a complaint/information hotline on informational privacy issues, the only one of its kind in the country. It publishes a series of guides on informational privacy issues. Topics include Internet privacy, wireless communications, credit reporting, identity theft, telemarketing, medical records, workplace privacy, employment screening, unsolicited mail, government records, children's online privacy, among others. These are available at the PRC's web site, www.privacyrights.org.

    Givens frequently speaks and conducts workshops on the issue of privacy. She has participated in many media interviews including: The News Hour with Jim Lehrer (PBS), CBS Evening News, CNN, 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, Good Morning America, Court TV, NBC Evening News, CBS Weekend News, and major U.S. daily newspapers. She has testified on privacy public policy concerns before the U.S. Senate, the California Legislature, the California Public Utilities Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, and the U.S. Comptroller of the Currency.

    In addition, Givens has been a member of several task forces examining privacy-related public policy issues:: California Office of Privacy Protection Advisory Committee; Truste Wireless Privacy Committee; Justice Management Institute's Electronic Court Records Advisory Committee; Task Force on Criminal Records Identity Theft; California Legislature's Joint Task Force on Personal Information and Privacy; California Judicial Council Subcommittee on Privacy and Access; Internet Policy Committee of the San Diego Public Library; and the Mayor of San Diego's City of the Future Task Force. She has served on the U.S. Census Advisory Committee. Many of Givens' speeches and testimony are available on the PRC Web site under "Speeches&Testimony," www.privacyrights.org/ar.

    Givens was awarded a Pioneer Award in 2002 from the Electronic Frontier Foundations. The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse is a 2000 award recipient from The Foundation for Improvement of Justice for its work in assisting victims of identity theft. Givens is a recipient of the 2000 Privacy International Brandeis Award.

    Givens contributed articles on identity theft to two encyclopedias: World Book (2004) and Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment (2002). She is the author of The Privacy Rights Handbook: How to Take Control of Your Personal Information (Avon Books, 1997). She is co-author of Privacy Piracy: A Guide to Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft. Givens is also co-author and editor of the PRC's fact sheets, on the Web at www.privacyrights.org/fs.

    Givens holds a master's degree in communications management from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California (1987). She has a background in library and information services, with experience in online research services and library network development (M.L.S., University of Denver, 1975).

    Beth Givens
    Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
    Director and Founder
    Web:www.privacyrights.org.
    3100 - 5th Ave. Suite B, San Diego, CA 92103
    Voice: 619-298-3396  Fax: 619-298-5681
    Email: bgivens@privacyrights.org

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    Feb 8, Susanna Montezemolo - Policy Analyst, Consumers Union Washington Office

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    AREAS OF POLICY EXPERTISE

    Susanna works closely with members of Congress and federal agencies to shape policy on such issues as financial services, privacy, product safety, and food safety.

    BIOGRAPHY

    Susanna returned to CU as a policy analyst in July 2004. She previously served a one-year stint as the Washington Office's Esther Peterson Fellow in 2001-2002.

    Susanna has a decade of experience working as an advocate and analyst in Washington, DC. Prior to returning to Consumers Union, she worked as a Program Examiner in the Commerce Branch of the Office of Management and Budget, where she oversaw several economic development agencies in the federal government. Prior to that, she worked as a Policy Analyst in the Policy Development Division of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where she analyzed the impact of federal affordable housing and community development programs. She also has worked for the Center on Law and Social Policy, the Antitrust Division of the Justice Department, and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

    EDUCATION

    • Master in Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, 2003.
    • Master in Urban and Regional Planning, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, 2003.
    • Bachelor of Arts, government and American studies, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1997.
    ISSUES, BRIEFING PAPERS, AND ARTICLES:

    "The Health Care Divide: The False Promise of 'Consumer-Driven' Health Care." With Gail Shearer. Center for American Progress, 2004. (Reprinted as op-ed in various newspapers.)

    "Supporting the Community Development Movement: The Achievements and Challenges of Intermediary Organizations." With Roland V. Anglin. Published in Building The Organizations that Build Communities: Strengthening the Capacity of Faith- and Community Based Organizations, Ed. Roland Anglin, 2003.

    CONTACT INFO

    Consumers Union Washington Office
    1666 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 310
    Washington, DC 20009-1039
    Phone: (202) 462-6262
    Fax: (202) 265-9548
    www.financialprivacy.org
    www.consumersunion.org


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    Feb 01, Patricia Wenskunas - Founder of Crimesurvivors, Inc

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    Several years ago Patricia Wenskunas was hoping to realize a life long dream, to start her own catering event planning company - Creative Coordinating. But that dream turned to a nightmare when on April 4, 2002 Patricia Wenskunas' life was changed when she became the victim of a violent crime - a very nearly successful murder attempt. What she discovered during her ordeal and recovery is that while a crime suspect's rights are protected by the law, equal protection is not always available for the victim. The law enforcement and court processes are traumatic in themselves. Often, this is a victim's first encounter with the court system and they have no idea what their rights are. A myriad of public and private organizations compete to provide assistance and funding, but there is no blueprint to help guarantee victims will connect with the organizations that can be most helpful to their particular situation and needs.

    In 2003, Wenskunas founded Crime Survivors, Inc. a non-profit organization founded with the purpose of helping those who have been victims of a crime. Crime Survivors serves as a resource, providing information and support to victims as they go through the process and then seek to rebuild their lives. Mission Statement The mission of Crime Survivors is to ensure the public knows victims' rights and needs and to provide resources, support, and information to empower crime victims to survive and thrive.

    Taking this concept a step further, this year Wenskunas joined with Assemblyman Todd Spitzer to establish the Victim Services Partnership. A coalition of more than 30 organizations associated with victim services and support in Orange County. VSP was established with the specific goal of empowering victims and enhancing their continuum of care.

    CRIME SURVIVORS, INC.
    (949) 872-7895 / (775) 245-4798 fax
    PO Box 54552
    Irvine, Ca. 92619-4552
    www.crimesurvivors.com
    Email: crimesurvivors@aol.com


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    Jan 25, Jeremy E. Gruber - Legal Director

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    Jeremy Gruber is the Legal Director of the National Workrights Institute, a human rights organization based in Princeton, N.J. Formerly he served as Field Director for the ACLU's National Taskforce on Civil Liberties in the Workplace. A prolific writer on workplace privacy issues, he has focused much of his advocacy on issues relating to workplace monitoring and surveillance. He is a founder and co-chair of the Coalition for Genetic Fairness, a group of 150 organizations which is the voice of the civil rights community on medical and genetic privacy issues on Capitol Hill. He is regularly consulted by Congress and state legislatures and has authored numerous laws expanding workplace human rights. He is regularly featured in print, radio and television.

    B.A. Brandeis University
    JD St. John's University


    National Workrights Institute
    166 Wall St.
    Princeton, NJ 08540
    (609) 683-0313
    www.workrights.org.


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    Jan 18, Jim Dempsey - Policy Director Center for Democracy and Technology

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    Jim Dempsey joined CDT at the beginning of 1997. He became Executive Director in 2003. In 2006 he became Policy Director In addition to day-to-day management responsibilities, he works on privacy and electronic surveillance issues and heads CDT's international project, the Global Internet Policy Initiative (GIPI).

    Prior to joining CDT, Mr. Dempsey was Deputy Director of the Center for National Security Studies. From 1995 to 1996, Mr. Dempsey also served as special counsel to the National Security Archive, a non-governmental organization that uses the Freedom of Information Act to gain the declassification of documents on the U.S. foreign policy.

    From 1985 to 1994, Mr. Dempsey was assistant counsel to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights. His primary areas of responsibility for the Subcommittee were oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, privacy and civil liberties. He worked on issues at the intersection of national security and constitutional rights, including terrorism, counterintelligence, and electronic surveillance as well as crime issues, including the federal death penalty, remedies for racial bias in death sentencing, information privacy, and police brutality. Mr. Dempsey has traveled extensively outside the U.S. to speak on civil liberties issues and consult with government officials and human rights organizations.

    From 1980 to 1984, Mr. Dempsey was an associate with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Arnold & Porter, where he practiced in areas of government and commercial contracts, energy law, and anti-trust. He also maintained an extensive pro bono representation of death row inmates in federal habeas proceedings. He clerked for the Hon. Robert Braucher of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

    Mr. Dempsey is author of several articles on Internet policy, including Communications Privacy In The Digital Age: Revitalizing The Federal Wiretap Laws To Enhance Privacy, and co-author of the book Terrorism & the Constitution: Sacrificing Civil Liberties in the Name of National Security (2002) (with Prof. David Cole of Georgetown law school).

    For More information about The Center For Democracy and Technology and attorney James Dempsey, please visit www.cdt.org.


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    Jan 11, Robert F. Brennan, Esq. - Fair Credit Reporting Act Litigation

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    Robert F. Brennan, Esq., the firm's leader, has practiced law since 1987. He is a veteran of over 50 civil jury trials, with an excellent winning percentage. In addition to numerous other victories, he holds the largest single lemon law verdict in the State of California. He is a 1981 graduate of Princeton University and a 1987 graduate of U.C. Davis School of Law. He is admitted to practice in California and in most of the federal courts located in California. His uncle, United States Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., deceased, sponsored his admission to the bar of the United States Supreme Court in 1991.

    Robert Francis Brennan, born Glen Ridge, New Jersey, June 23, 1959; admitted to bar, 1987, California; 1988, U.S. District Court, Central and Southern Districts of California; 1989, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; 1992, U.S. Supreme Court; 1997, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. Education: Princeton University (B.A., 1981); University of California-Davis, School of Law (J.D., 1987). National Moot Court Team, University of California-Davis School of Law. Member: Burbank, Beverly Hills, San Fernando, Glendale and Los Angeles County Bar Associations; State Bar of California; Consumer Attorneys of California and Los Angeles; National Association of Consumer Advocates. He serves as a trustee of the Glendale Bar Association and is the California State Coordinator for the National Association of Consumer Advocates. Practice Areas: Lemon Law; Car Dealer Fraud; Consumer Fraud; Wrongful Credit Damage; Identity Theft; Wrongful and Abusive Debt Collection Cases and Consumer Protection Class Actions. Other Information: Robert F. Brennan and his firm have received an "AV" rating from the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell Group in 2003. An "AV" rating means that Mr. Brennan and his firm are preeminent in both legal skill and legal ethics, according to his piers and judges before whom he practices.

    To learn more about Robert and his firm go to www.socalcreditdamage.com


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    Jan 04, Alan Chapell - Privacy Consultant

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    Chapell & Associates is headed by Alan Chapell. In 1997, Mr. Chapell founded the privacy program at Jupiter Research, an Internet research firm focusing on the consumer Internet economy. During his 4-1/2 years at Jupiter, Mr. Chapell also directed Jupiter's marketing, sales and compliance operations.

    After his tenure at Jupiter, Mr. Chapell helped productize DoubleClick's research product suite. He focused on DoubleClick's Advertising Effectiveness products, which measured the brand impact of online advertising. Mr. Chapell also worked with email marketing firms Yesmail, a division of infoUSA and Cheetahmail, now a division of Experian, where he worked as an evangelist of email marketing, and helped clients with issues of privacy and deliverability.

    Mr. Chapell founded Chapell & Associates in October of 2003. Since then, he has worked with several top-tier organizations; helping them to comply with existing privacy legislation, auditing their privacy practices, and managing their technology product development programs. Mr. Chapell, an attorney, was recently asked by Congresswoman Bono's office to provide input and additional verbiage for the HR 2929 (the "Spy-Act").

    Mr. Chapell is widely recognized as a thought leader on issues of privacy, consumer perception and interactive marketing. He is a regular contributor to the iMedia Connection, the DMNews and the International Association of Privacy Professionals Privacy Officer Advisor.

    Mr. Chapell graduated from the University of Connecticut and Fordham University School of Law, and is a member of the New York bar. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association's International Privacy Law Subcommittee, a faculty member at Data University, a research fellow on the Ponemon Institute's Responsible Information Management Council, and is the New York Chapter Chairman of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Mr. Chapell is certified by the IAPP as an information privacy professional.

    www.chapellassociates.com