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March 13, 2009

Senator Olympia Snowe Honored With IAPP 2009 Privacy Leadership Award

Snowe recognized for commitment to protecting citizens' privacy

WASHINGTON, DC—March 13, 2009—Sen. Olympia J. Snowe, Maine, today received the International Association of Privacy Professionals' 2009 Privacy Leadership Award for her ongoing efforts on the behalf of U.S. citizens in the area of privacy and data protection.

Snowe accepted the award earlier this week in advance of the IAPP's Privacy Summit in Washington, DC, where global privacy professionals have convened for three days of education, networking and certification. The IAPP is the world's largest association for the privacy profession.

The IAPP Privacy Leadership Award recognizes a leader in the field of privacy and data protection who has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to furthering privacy policy, promoting recognition of privacy issues and advancing the growth and visibility of the privacy profession.

"Senator Snowe is at the forefront of protecting citizens' privacy and raising data protection awareness," said IAPP Executive Director Trevor Hughes. "She clearly prioritizes privacy through her legislative efforts to address and prevent the misuse of information."   

Snowe is serving her third six-year term in the U.S. Senate. During her tenure, she has advanced privacy legislation to protect citizens' rights, including:

  • Writing the legislation to prohibit spyware and privacy-invasive practices such as keylogging and skimming
  • Voting for the Consumer Phone Records Act to keep unwelcome hands out of citizens' phone logs and to give the Federal Trade and Federal Communications Commissions greater enforcement authority in that area  
  • Co-introducing an amendment to protect information filed in bankruptcy proceedings, which is far more sensitive than details contained in other publicly available documents
  • Co-authoring the privacy provisions in the Wired for Health Care Quality Act to give patients more control over their health records and to hold accountable those responsible for a breach of that information
  • Introducing the recently passed Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, which lets people take advantage of the possibilities genetic testing can offer without fearing the negative repercussions that could result from the abuse of such information
  • Co-sponsoring a Defense Authorization Bill amendment to give free financial protections to the 26 and a half million veterans and active duty personnel whose personally identifiable information was stolen from the Veterans Administration  

"I am deeply honored to have received such a prestigious award from the International Association of Privacy Professionals," said Senator Snowe.  "Although it has been a long, hard fight, the enactment of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act as well as the critical medical records' security provisions included in the recently passed stimulus bill, will have a significant impact on strengthening privacy in our nation and protecting individuals from the many adverse consequences of the inappropriate disclosure and use of medical data. I am proud to be an advocate for patient privacy rights and will continue to work to ensure the safety and protection of all Americans."

About the IAPP
The International Association of Privacy Professionals is the world's largest association of privacy professionals with more than 6,000 members across 47 countries.  The IAPP helps to define and support the privacy profession through networking, education and certification.  More information about the IAPP is available at www.privacyassociation.org.


For more information, press only:
Tammy Vigliotti
International Association of Privacy Professionals
+1 (207) 351.1500
tammy@privacyassociation.org