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On February 16, 2005, privacy guru Alan Westin and Washington expert Robert
Belair will predict upcoming federal and state privacy initiatives, consumer
litigation trends, and new consumer attitudes.

January 12, 2005//Hackensack, NJ: Will 2005 be a relatively quiet year on
the business privacy scene or a year with major bumps in the road ahead? And, if
bumpy, what are the potholes that business privacy managers should try either
to avoid or to cope with successfully?

Register Today

For ten years, Privacy & American Business (P&AB) has reviewed the past year in privacy at its annual national conferences and predicted what lies ahead. This year, on February 16, P&AB will offer its predictions at its first Tele/Web Conference on this vital topic. Participants will also receive a special electronic report documenting the experts teleconference presentations.

With this popular P&AB Conference session, Westin and Belair have helped many Privacy Officers and other executives in their job responsibilities, across all industries. P&AB has always focused its privacy work in areas including: financial services, telecommunications, wireless, Internet, direct marketing, healthcare and pharmaceutical.

"Early 2005 is when this years developments can be brought into focus," commented Dr. Alan F. Westin, P&ABs President and Publisher, "and it is when privacy staffs need to prioritize their efforts at effective privacy management. We foresee major developments on the state and federal scenes, in state and federal regulatory-agency actions, in new efforts to control identity theft and enhance data security, in consumer litigation, and especially in consumer privacy activism by over 75 million customers of business."

"Far from being a quiet Congress in 2005-2006," warns Robert Belair, V.P., P&AB; Partner, Oldaker, Biden & Belair, "the new Congress is highly likely to hold hearings and propose laws that will directly affect a wide range of consumer product and service industries."

P&AB Kick-Off

This event will kick off P&ABs two major membership programs for 2005: the Privacy Leadership Group and the Privacy Fellows Program. Benefits for both programs include free participation in the Privacy Year in Review Tele/Web Conference, multiple subscriptions to P&ABs Electronic Newsletter and NewsFlash, and attendance at P&ABs National Conference and meetings.

P&AB Spreads Privacy Throughout Companies

In keeping with P&ABs mission to help spread privacy activities throughout relevant company divisions, P&AB invites other corporate departments to join privacy officers in this Tele/Web Conference. For more information about special group rates to participate in this Tele/Web Conference or to find out how to become a P&AB Member and receive P&AB Member discounts, visit or contact Olga Garey at

This virtual event is set for February 16, 2005 at 2:00 PM EST. Details are posted at and

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 for business since its launch in 1993.

Always on the cutting edge, P&AB was the first to chart and analyze the rise of privacy from a second-tier concern to a front-burner issue and to provide opportunities in its 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, Professor of Public Law & Government Emeritus, Columbia University, and President and Publisher of P&AB; Robert Belair, Partner at Oldaker, Biden & Belair and P&AB’s Vice President; and Lorrie Sherwood, P&AB’s Executive Director.