August 13, 2007 12:44 ET

Find Answers at the Crossroads of Privacy

The IAPP Announces Distinguished Line-Up of Academy 2007 Keynotes, Attendees to Join Thought Leaders in Discussion of Privacy Past and Future

YORK, ME--(Marketwire - August 13, 2007) - The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) today announced that one of the world's preeminent futurists, Paul Saffo, as well as author and information architect, Alex Wright, will deliver keynotes at the IAPP Privacy Academy 2007, Oct. 22-24, in San Francisco.

A complement of provocative privacy thought leaders, Saffo and Wright will deliver a full-spectrum view of information privacy by providing a historical journey through the information age, augmented by forward-looking analysis of the implications of emerging trends and new technologies.

Saffo is a distinguished futurist, thought leader and prescient provocateur with more than two decades of experience in exploring long-term technological change and its practical impact on business and society. He currently serves as a Consulting Associate Professor at Stanford University, and is on a research sabbatical from the Institute for the Future.

With his recently published book, "GLUT, Mastering Information Through the Ages," Wright is uniquely positioned to take privacy pros on a journey through the history of the information age. Wright has led projects for The New York Times, IBM, Microsoft, Harvard University, Yahoo!, Sun Microsystems, among others.

"The IAPP will offer attendees an unparalleled array of educational programming about their chosen profession, from its historical underpinnings to the future innovations and challenges inherent in our ever-changing marketplace," said IAPP Board President Kirk M. Herath, CIPP/G, Associate Vice President, Chief Privacy Officer, Associate General Counsel, Nationwide Insurance Companies. "The IAPP Privacy Academy 2007 is the ideal milieu for privacy pros to assess our progress and plan for the future."

As the largest association for privacy professionals in the world, the IAPP consistently offers privacy pros the best opportunities to network, educate and certify -- this time in a region that cultivates some of the world's most innovative technology companies. California's position as one of the pioneers of privacy law that protects consumers also will enrich the dialogue about privacy protections and information sharing.

During the 3-day conference at The Westin St. Francis, the IAPP also will draw together a leading panel of privacy advocates who will provide privacy pros with practical tips on how to engage advocates -- and learn from them -- despite obvious differences in their positions on privacy legislation and regulation. The advocates' panel will be comprised of:

--  Chris Jay Hoofnagle, Senior Staff Attorney to the Samuelson Law,
    Technology & Public Policy Clinic and Senior Fellow with the Berkeley
    Center for Law & Technology. From 2000 to 2006, he was Senior Counsel to
    the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and Director of the
    organization's West Coast office;
--  Jim Dempsey, Policy Director, Center for Democracy & Technology, who
    will serve as moderator;
--  Beth Givens, Founder and Director, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse; and
--  Ken McEldowney, Executive Director, Consumer Action.

Register now at for this event, which is expected to draw more than 800 privacy pros for a comprehensive conference that will feature about 120 leading privacy and security thought leaders and experts. Media wishing to cover the Academy should request a credential at


The International Association of Privacy Professionals is the world's largest association of privacy professionals with more than 3,700 members in 32 countries. The IAPP helps to define and support the privacy profession through networking, education and certification. More information about the IAPP is available at

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