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Speier joins ranks of top legislative and business speakers to discuss how they are shaping the privacy dialogue today and how business will be affected.

Hackensack, NJ// January 21, 2003 - California State Senator Jackie Speier, the author of a privacy bill that would require financial services companies to seek explicit consumer permission (opt-in) before certain types of information sharing, will discuss her ongoing efforts to pass tough consumer financial privacy legislation in California at P&ABs Ninth Annual National Conference in Washington, D.C. March 12-14.

She will also participate March 11 in P&ABs Executive Privacy Strategy Group (EPSG) Dinner & Dialogue, open only to EPSG members. Speier represents San Francisco and San Mateo, California. She first introduced her privacy bill in 2000 and it has faced strong resistance from the financial services industry. Although the bill was twice defeated, Speier will continue her efforts in the 2003 legislative session.

At a recent Capitol news conference, Speier said, "With a new legislative session and a new year, we have a new opportunity to bring meaningful financial privacy to Californians. With California Senate Leader John Burtons help, I am confident that this years effort will reach the finish line."

"We think it is important to bring Sen. Speier to P&ABs Conference since California has always been a bellwether state and her proposed legislation is of great importance," said Dr. Alan Westin, President & Publisher, P&AB. "Her speaking will give attendees the opportunity to interact directly with her."

Speier joins the ranks of top P&AB Conference speakers from business and government, along with FTC Chairman Tim Muris, this years recipient of P&ABs Distinguished Privacy Leadership Award, Sen. Joseph Biden (D-DE), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Former House Majority Leader "Dick" Armey (R-TX), currently a Senior Policy Analyst with Piper Rudnick LLP, a director from the Homeland Security Office, and a host of working privacy officers and managers with actual case studies.

On the Cutting Edge

This years P&AB Conference, to be held March 12-14 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., will again bring together approaches and strategic analyses of what is happening on the consumer and HR privacy fronts. This Conference provides attendees with unique information tools and original research materials to apply strategic insights into their daily privacy management.

Among this years cant miss list:

Unique Materials

Conference attendees will receive P&ABs Consumer Privacy Litigation Annual Report, Annual Consumer Privacy Survey Report and Analysis, Privacy Officers Guide to Homeland Security, Guide to Congressional Privacy Bills and Laws, and a Guide to P&ABs Privacy Policy Database. Attendees will also receive the latest privacy employment opportunities from P-JOBs, P&ABs online privacy job board available at

Register Today!

Draft program and registration information are available at The first 100 registrants to sign up to attend all three days (March 12-14) will receive one-year free unlimited access to P&ABs searchable Privacy Policy Database.

For more Conference information, visit or contact Olga Garey at (201) 996-1154 or Members of the working press are invited to attend March 13-14 and may contact Irene Oujo at for a press credential application.


About Privacy & American Business

Privacy & American Business, ( &, is an activity of the Center for Social & Legal Research, a non-profit, non-partisan public policy think tank exploring U.S. and global issues of consumer and employee privacy and data protection since its launch in 1993.

Always on the cutting edge, P&AB was the first to chart and analyze for business the rise of privacy from a second-tier concern to a front-burner issue and to provide opportunities in programs and meetings to assist businesses in understanding the privacy environment as it is evolving. P&AB, a pioneer in recognizing the rise of the corporate privacy officer (CPO), was the first to open its CPO Program in 1999.

The Center and all its activities are led by Dr. Alan Westin, President and Publisher of P&AB; Robert Belair, Partner at Oldaker, Biden & Belair and P&ABs Vice President; and Lorrie Sherwood, P&ABs Executive Director.