"The Public Voice in Privacy Policy"
Giorgio Cini Foundation
Venice, Italy
September 27, 2000

Sponsored by

Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) & Privacy International (PI)

Co-sponsored by

Electronic Frontiers Italy (ALCEI)


0830h - Registration and Coffee

0900h - Welcome /

0915h - Opening /

0930h - The Globalization of Surveillance

At both the national and the international level, governments are undertaking new initiatives to expand the scope of electronic surveillance. New techniques for monitoring private communications are being deployed almost as rapidly as new systems to analyze digital data are developed. Will the Internet user of tomorrow be policed by "Enfopol", grouped by "ECHELON", or simply devoured by "Carnivore"?

Chair: David Sobel, General Counsel, EPIC

1115h - Copyright Protection and Privacy

The protection of digital works in the Internet environment raises new challenges to personal privacy. Copyright management systems allow for the detailed collection of personal data and the profiling of an individual's interests, likes, and dislikes. While there are benefits for authors, publishers, and marketers, there may be costs for intellectual freedom and personal autonomy. What specific challenges does copyright protection in the online world pose? Should there be a right to read, view, and listen anonymously?

Chair: Alexander Dix, Data Protection and Information Commissioner for Brandenburg

1230h - Lunch (provided)

1330h - The Safe Harbor Proposal: An Assessment

The European Union and the United States have recently concluded a Safe Harbor agreement to permit the transfer of data on Europeans citizens to firms operating in the United States. Will this be an effective means to protect privacy in the global environment? What are the challenges ahead for the Safe Harbor agreement and what are the concerns of consumer organizations?

Chair: David Banisar, Privacy International

1445h - International Convention on Data Protection

As the global economy expands and the technological means for communications stretches around the world, the need for an international framework for data protection increases. Of course the protection of privacy in the global environment is not a new challenge. The OECD issued Privacy Guidelines in 1980, and the EU and the US have recently concluded an arrangement for trans Atlantic data flows. What else should be done to strengthen privacy protection at the international level? Has the time come to consider an International Convention on Data Protection?

Chair: Deborah Hurley, Harvard Information Infrastructure Program


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