October 7, 2004

Spyware as Privacy Issue Debated at IAPP Privacy Academy

Is Use of Surreptitious Software Strictly an IT Problem, or Should Privacy Officers be Involved?

YORK, Maine — October 7, 2004 — What exactly is spyware, and is spyware a privacy issue?   That question will be debated by a panel of experts on Thursday, October 28 during the 2004 International Association of Privacy Professionals Privacy & Data Security Academy & Expo.  The IAPP is the world's largest association for the privacy profession.

The panel of experts, includes Reed Freeman, Chief Privacy Officer, Claria Corporation; Ari Schwartz, Associate Director, Center for Democracy and Technology; Jules Polonetsky, Vice President, Integrity Assurance, AOL; Emily Hackett, Executive Director, Internet Alliance; Paul Bryan, Director, Strategy and Business Development, Microsoft; and Jim Halpert, partner, Piper Rudnick LLP (moderator).

"The emergency of spyware has caused an uproar in the privacy community, but is it really a privacy issue, or is it merely serving to distract privacy officers from their primary responsibility within an organization," said IAPP Executive Director Trevor Hughes.  "The individuals we've assembled to discuss spyware are at the center of the debate, and bring many key perspectives to the table that will illuminate the issue for those privacy professionals struggling with how do deal with spyware day-to-day."

The 2004 Privacy & Data Security Academy & Expo will provide attendees with critical guidance on daily operational challenges with input from front-line experts and through plenary sessions from internationally recognized privacy leaders.  With a wide array of industry tracks, privacy officers will gain the background and knowledge needed in areas such as spam and spyware, RFID, consumer and financial privacy, healthcare privacy, corporate and national security, technology, and online marketing.

IAPP Privacy & Data Security Academy & Expo

October 27 — 29

New Orleans Marriott

New Orleans, Louisiana

For more information or to register, call the IAPP at 800-266-6501, or visit

About the IAPP

The International Association of Privacy Professionals is the world's leading association of privacy and security professionals.  The IAPP helps define and support the profession of privacy by being a forum for interaction, education, and discussion across industries.  To learn more, visit

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