“Privacy in the Digital Age” Summit Set for April

Join us for NAAG President and Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler’s Presidential Initiative Summit, “Privacy in the Digital Age,” April 14-16, at The Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, Md.

The Digital Age has transformed everything we do, from buying groceries to boarding an airplane, from treating an illness to socializing with friends and family. The Internet’s impact on our lives cannot be overestimated, and its impact on the U.S. economy is no less significant. The Internet accounted for 4.7 percent of all U.S. economic activity in 2010, contributing more to the American economy than the entire federal government. Behind this extraordinary progress is a set of emerging technologies and business models that are challenging our ability to control how and with whom our private information is shared, and changing our very understanding of privacy. These developments in technology and enterprise have created new privacy risks for individuals and corporations alike. The 2012-2013 NAAG Presidential Initiative, led by Attorney General Gansler, is exploring the best ways to manage those risks. It is bringing the energy and legal weight of NAAG to inquire, educate, and take steps necessary to ensure that the Internet’s major players protect online privacy and provide meaningful options for privacy control, while continuing to enhance our lives and our economy.

The April Summit is the premier event of this year-long initiative. The agenda will cover cyber security, data collection, data mining, legislative solutions, kids as consumers and their privacy, market solutions, protecting intellectual property, exploring the relationship between competition and Internet privacy, and healthcare data. Because of the National Harbor’s proximity to downtown Washington, speakers will include members of Congress and the executive branch, local business and government leaders and technology entrepreneurs, as well as Attorney General Gansler’s fellow attorneys general. At press time, confirmed speakers were from the Wall St. Journal, MasterCard, Federal Trade Commission, Facebook, Microsoft, Mozilla, and the National Counterterrorism Center. On Sunday, April 14, attendees can also enjoy an afternoon baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves.

Registration is Open

To view a draft agenda, make hotel reservations and register for the meeting, go to: http://www.naag.org/md-ag-pi-summit-registration.php. Contact Emily Pace, NAAG project assistant, at epace@naag.org or 202-326-6262, with any questions.

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