The Federal Trade Commission held their final roundtable on consumer privacy issues March 17, 2010 in Washington, DC. The roundtable is the last of three public events designed to explore the privacy challenges that are posed by technology and business practices that collect and use consumer data. Investigative and Security Professionals for Legislative Action (ISPLA) has attended all three of the events.
Nicole Bocra, ISPLA Executive Committee member, attended today’s session as the association’s representative. Ms. Bocra provided context to the roundtable as they discussed health information, internet architecture and privacy, and “sensitive” consumer information.
The roundtable discussions centered on the risks and benefits of information collection and use in online and offline contexts, consumer expectations surrounding various information management practices, and the adequacy of existing legal and self-regulatory controls to address privacy interests. The participation of the investigation industry is critical to counter-balance the legitimate concerns of privacy advocates and other industry forces.
Today’s roundtable concluded with a panel to discuss lessons that have been learned from all three roundtables and possible ways to move forward.
ISPLA is concerned with the prospect of additional regulations and laws that limit the legitimate use of consumer information. Its participation, at the behest of the FTC, reflects on the association’s reputation among regulators and legislators as a significant and reasoned voice for the industry.
The mission of ISPLA is to monitor and identify critical legislative and regulatory issues in order to provide a forum for debate and discussion within the investigative and security professions and to serve as an advocate for these professions. To find out more about ISPLA and how you can support your profession go to www.ispla.org.
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Investigative and Security Professionals for Legislative Action
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