Privacy Advisor

Notes from the Executive Director

August 1, 2003

There's plenty to talk about in the world of privacy these days and the best place to keep ahead of these developments is IAPP's upcoming Privacy Academy.

After more than four years of grueling debate, arguably the most stringent financial privacy law in the country was recently passed in California, giving consumers greater control over how personal data provided to financial institutions is used. What will be the impact of this law on state legislation? And on the current debates in Congress on the Fair Credit Reporting Act and Gramm-Leach-Bliley?

Health care issues remain at the forefront of attention — with continued confusion about how to comply with HIPAA privacy rules — including widespread confusion about whether the rules will have an adverse effect on patient treatment.

The EU continues to review its rules — but are these steps positive or negative?

And the recent increase in Internet virus attacks puts increased pressure on the debate over spam.

Just more grist for the privacy professional's mill, and it will all be covered at the 2003 IAPP Privacy Academy — October 29-31, 2003, in Chicago. We've lined up a tremendous slate of speakers for you, including:

  • Nuala O'Connor Kennedy, CPO, Department of Homeland Security;
  • Mike Pickens, president, National Association of Insurance Commissioners;
  • Bill Lockyer, attorney general, California;
  • Wayne Abernathy, assistant secretary, Department of Treasury;
  • Howard Beales, director of consumer affairs, FTC;
  • Peter Cullen, chief privacy strategist, Microsoft;
  • Christine Frye, CPO, Countrywide;
  • Sandra Hughes, CPO, Procter & Gamble;
  • Martha Rogers, partner, Peppers & Rogers Group;
  • Larry Ponemon, president, Ponemon Institute; and,
  • Christine Varney, former commissioner, FTC.

There's still time to register. We'll see you there.

J. Trevor Hughes

Executive Director