|April 15, 1997
SUBJECT Comments on Workshop Sessions One, Two, and Three
We appreciate the opportunity to comment on the Federal Trade Commission's proposal to study the collection, compilation, sale and use of data from computer data bases and its plans for its June 10-13 workshop on consumer privacy.
We believe the FTC's notice provides a comprehensive outline for these continuing discussions about consumer privacy in light of an increasing electronic marketplace. Like the FTC, we often hear directly from consumers about their privacy concerns. We hope to learn from the workshop participants about how we can help respond effectively to these issues.
Of the questions posed for Session One about computerized data bases, we are particularly interested in question 1.10 about whether databases create an undue potential for theft of consumers' credit identities? In addition, we hope to learn more about question 1.14 which asks whether consumers understand the benefits and risks associated with the various data bases. Finally, we believe questions 1.33, 1.34, and 1.35 should elicit some useful information about how to design effective consumer and business education programs.
In terms of Session Two and Three, we believe concerns about children's online privacy issues will continue to receive increased attention from parents, educators, the media, and others. We are particularly interested in Questions 3.2 and 3.3 about whether the collection of information from children is different from other information collection activities.
We commend you on your effort and would be happy to assist you in whatever way you deem appropriate as you prepare the study and the workshop. If you have any questions, please call me at 202-565-0040.
April 15, 1997
SUBJECT Request to Participate in Workshop Sessions One, Two, and Three
We would like to participate in each session of the Federal Trade Commission's Public Workshop on Consumer Information Privacy. The attached memo outlines our comments about the Commission's Workshops on Consumer Information Privacy.
If you have any questions about our comments, please contact me at 202-565-0040.