October 13, 2005

Largest Gathering of Privacy Professionals Will Offer Solutions to the Identity Theft Plague

Identity Management, Personal Surveillance and Other Key Issues To Take Center Stage as the International Association of Privacy Professionals Hosts Las Vegas Conference Oct. 26-28

YORK, Maine - October 13, 2005 - In a year marked by a spate of high-profile security breaches, the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) will bring together leading thinkers, strategists and executives to explore the issues of data privacy and security, personal surveillance and the importance of privacy in customer relationships. Several hundred professionals from the global privacy community are expected to attend this seminal event, the largest ever hosted for the privacy profession.
"This is a significant event for our association and the privacy profession as a whole," said J. Trevor Hughes, IAPP's executive director. "IAPP will offer a comprehensive analysis of identity theft and describe strategies for companies and individuals to better protect themselves. Our conference is an important forum for professionals to meet, network and exchange ideas. The agenda brings together the perspectives of consumers, privacy and data security executives - even cyber criminals.  We are seeking to underscore the importance of the privacy professional in combating identity theft."

About 10 million Americans are victims of identity theft annually, according to the Federal Trade Commission. The National Crime Prevention Council cites identity theft as the fastest growing crime in the U.S.

The IAPP has assembled an international panel of experts to address the operational, technical and legal dimensions of combating identity theft. Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Information and Privacy Commissioner for Ontario, will participate in a panel discussion October 28 that includes Jennifer Barrett, chief privacy leader for Acxiom; and Carol A. DiBattiste, ChoicePoint's chief credentialing, compliance and privacy officer.

"The single largest cause of identity theft is the existence of poor information management and security practices on the part of businesses," Dr. Cavoukian said. "This is a critical time for companies that collect personal information to improve their practices - not simply to avoid negative publicity and litigation, but also to build enduring trust with customers, partners and stockholders."

Consumer attitudes and responses toward identity theft will be highlighted on October 28 by Susannah Fox, associate director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project. "Internet users are increasingly frustrated and frightened that they are not in charge of their Internet experience," Fox said. "While most Internet users have taken steps to prevent software intrusions, they may not have all the knowledge and tools they need."

The IAPP Privacy Academy also will offer keynotes from:

  • David Brin, an author of best-selling science fiction novels and award-winning nonfiction who recently joined a popular online auction to raise funds for First Amendment battles by accepting bids for the right to name a moon, disease or species of extraterrestrials in his new book.
  • Kevin Mitnick, a notorious serial hacker and security specialist, who promises Academy attendees that "their heads are going to spin" after he demonstrates how vulnerable companies are to identity theft and social engineering.
  • Jim Harper, director of Information Policy Studies at the Cato Institute, a frequently quoted privacy expert.
  • Jeff Jonas, an IBM distinguished engineer, who is the chief scientist for the IBM Corp.'s Entity Analytic Solutions group.

Media wishing to attend the Academy must contact the IAPP by October 20 for complimentary pre-registration. MEDIA SHOWING UP FOR ON-SITE REGISTRATION WILL BE REQUIRED TO PRESENT VALID CREDENTIALS.

What:          IAPP Privacy Academy 2005

When:         October 26 - 28

Where:        Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa
                     2300 Paseo Verde Drive
                     Henderson, NV 89052
                     (866) 617-1777
                     (702) 617-7777

The International Association of Privacy Professionals is the world's largest association of privacy professionals. The IAPP helps to define and support the privacy profession through networking, education and certification.