from PX's Director
to PrivacyExchange, which has been formally up and
running since December 1, 1998.
A few words
of explanation about our concepts, scope, and plans may be helpful.
focus is on consumers and commerce, itself a vast area but not the entire
landscape of information and data protection issues. We will not be
covering citizen privacy issues, and we will treat employment issues
only as they are involved in transborder data transfer.
2. We will
provide the fullest range of viewpoints and reflect all of the competing
interests involved in consumer and data protection issues. We will be
covering the contributions of officials and experts from government,
business, academia, information technology, the legal profession, the
media, and consumer groups.
3. We believe
that the next ten years will see issues of consumer privacy and data
protection take on even more importance than in the first four decades
of the computer revolution. More and more nations will be drafting national
laws on privacy and data protection; more individual businesses and
industry associations will be adopting privacy codes and measures to
assure their full implementation and verification, and provide procedures
for resolving any consumer complaints that arise.
importantly, the dramatic expansion of the Internet will see hundreds
of millions of individuals obtaining information, products, and services
from websites along the new global marketplace. A similarly vast audience
will be using the Internet to engage in an unprecedented global interpersonal
communication process, sometimes one-to-one and sometimes in groups.
Both the e-commerce and the e-communication explosions will generate
rising pressure for some kind of worldwide privacy standards and practices.
Center for Social and Legal Research continues to workin this exciting
but challenging setting with an outstanding group of expert advisors
from national and regional data protection commissions, multinational
and international agencies, consumer protection agencies, business and
industry specialists, technology experts, and academic-legal authorities
to keep PrivacyExchange timely and informative.
is a free global information resource made possible by grants from an
initial group of sponsoring companies and associations in the United
States, Canada, and Germany, who saw the vital importance of constructive
dialogue and creative work in the areas of data protection involving
consumers and commerce. (You will find the list of our Sponsors in the "About This Site" section of our
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