Privacy Advisor

Knowledgenet - "Salsa and Sushi" for Breakfast at Ernst & Young's Ft. Lauderdale Office

August 1, 2006

Web Hull, Florida KnowledgeNet Co-Chair, CIPP/G

Peggy Eisenhauer, CIPP, and the founder of Privacy & Information Management Services - Margaret P. Eisenhauer, P.C., inaugurated the first Florida KnowledgeNet on July 19th with a presentation titled, "Salsa and Sushi." Eisenhauer's presentation addressed the current state of privacy in Mexico, Central and Latin America and the APEC (Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation) countries.

Eight participants helped get this first meeting off to a strong start. Bob Samson, CIPP, and Judy Brandau of Marriott Vacation Club International traveled from Orlando to attend. Jeff Sopshin, Partner at Ernst & Young, was both the host and an active participant. His E&Y colleagues, Yarilynn Burke and Lisa Fox, also participated in the meeting.

The prize for the longest distance traveled went to Ray Nicosia of ETS (Educational Testing Service) in Princeton, N.J. Also in attendance were Rick Wichmann from Assurant Solutions in Miami and John Cummings from Spherion in Ft. Lauderdale.

The lively discussion sparked by Eisenhauer's presentation ranged from database registration requirements, to cross border data transmissions, to breach notification, to the reasons why Mexican privacy regulations must go back to the drawing board.

Co-Chairs Web Hull, CIPP/G, Managing Director of CRO Group, LLC in St. Petersburg, and Elizabeth Bates, Chief Operating Officer of Valid Technologies, LLC in Boca Raton, initiated the Florida KnowledgeNet early this summer with the assistance of Cortney Sawyer of IAPP and Krystal Putnam of TRUSTe.

Plans are already under way for the second Florida KnowledgeNet to be held in the early fall in Miami.