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January 9, 2002
CONTACT: David Fish
(202) 289-8928

California Conferences Focus on Privacy Law
FTC Director Howard Beales to Keynote SF, Sacramento Events

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Consumer concerns about privacy and current efforts to establish workable protections will be the focus of conferences the Foundation is hosting in San Francisco on January 24 and Sacramento on January 25. Both events will feature remarks by J. Howard Beales, Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, and will be co-sponsored by the Pacific Research Institute, a highly regarded free-market think tank based in San Francisco.

“Protecting consumer privacy has become a major priority for policymakers at both the state and Federal levels,” said PFF President Jeff Eisenach in announcing the events. “In these conferences, we will explore what’s already being done and discuss whether additional laws are needed.”

The San Francisco conference will be held in the Carnelian Room at 555 California Street, and will feature opening remarks by Beales followed by a panel presentation. The event is open to the general public for a nominal fee; those interested in attending should contact Cindy Sparks at 415-989-0833, Ext. 222. The Sacramento conference will be held in room 113 of the State Capitol building beginning at noon. While attendance is limited, the event will be open to the media. For information, contact David Fish at 202-289-8928.

The Progress & Freedom Foundation is a market-oriented think tank that studies the digital revolution and its implications for public policy. It is a 501(c)(3) research & educational organization. The Pacific Research Institute is a San Francisco-based public policy think tank that focuses on a number of policy issues, including new economy issues such as privacy. It is also a 501(c)(3) organization and was founded in 1979.



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