privacy.filesprogesta.com. More information about Privacy Files is available at E-mail: privacy.filesprogesta.com Snail mail: 1788 d'Argenson, Ste-Julie (Quebec) CANADA J3E 1E3 Voice: +1 (514) 922 9151 Fax: +1 (514) 922 9152 Voice (toll
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The Economist magazine called for the adoption of new privacy laws in an editorial published on February 10, 1996. The international
news publication warned that new technologies and the growing sale of sensitive data are threatening personal privacy. "Given these
technological advances, maintaining the degree of anonymity that people
used to enjoy will take regulation," said the London-based publication.
The Economist, hardly known for its pro-regulatory stands, recommended that information gatherers be required to gain explicit
permission before engaging in subsequent use of personal data. "There is little
reason to suppose that market-driven practices will by themselves be
enough to protect privacy." The magazine concludes that if regulations
are adopted "Companies would collect and resell information more
discriminately. And people who cherish their digital privacy would have
the means to protect it -- which is as it should be."
Point Communications has chosen the EPIC web pages as among the "Top 5% of All Web Sites." Point noted that, "EPIC has what may
be the best collection of privacy material, from organization Web sites to upcoming conferences ... EPIC's site is simply illuminating."
** New Files **
The EPIC Online Guide to Privacy Resources has been updated to include new sites including the ACLU Online Library, and new sites
in Canada and the Netherlands.
EPIC has created a comprehensive page of scanned images of formerly
unreleased government documents that it has obtained under the Freedom
of Information Act. Check out the actual government memos on Clipper,
the FBI wiretap proposal and more.
Technologies of Freedom: Blueprints for Action, Feb. 29-March 2,
1996. Washington, DC. Sponsored by the Alliance for Public Technology.
Contact: Ruth Holder, holderapt.org or http://apt.org/apt/
The Impact of Cybercommunication on Telecommunications, March 8, 1996.
New York, NY. Sponsored Columbia University Institute for Tele-Information. Contact: citiresearch.gsb.columbia.edu or http://www.ctr.columbia.edu/citi/register.html
Computers Freedom and Privacy '96. March 27-30, 1996. Cambridge, Mass.
Sponsored by MIT, ACM and WWW Consortium. Contact cfp96mit.edu or http://web.mit.edu/cfp96/
Conference on Technological Assaults on Privacy, April 18-20, 1996.
Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York. Papers should be submitted by February 1, 1996. Contact: Wade Robison,
privacyrit.edu, by FAX at (716) 475-7120, or by phone at (716)
IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, May 6-8, 1996. Oakland, CA.
Sponsored by IEEE. Contact: sp96cs.pdx.edu or http://www.cs.pdx.edu/SP96.
Visions of Privacy for the 21st Century: A Search for Solutions. May 9-11, 1996. Victoria, British Columbia. Sponsored by The
Office of Information and Privacy Commissioner for the Province of British Columbia and the University of Victoria. Program at
Australasian Conference on Information Security and Privacy June 24-26, 1996. New South Wales, Australia. Sponsored by Australasian
Society for Electronic Security and University of Wollongong.
Contact: Jennifer Seberry (jenniecs.uow.edu.au).
Privacy Laws & Business 9th Annual Conference. July 1-3, 1996. St.
John's College, Cambridge, England. Contact: Ms. Gill Ehrlich +44 181 423 1300 (tel), +44 181 423 4536 (fax).
Advanced Surveillance Technologies II. Sponsored by EPIC and Privacy International. September 16, 1996. Ottawa, Canada. Contact
piprivacy.org or http://www.privacy.org/pi/conference/
18th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners. September 18-20, 1996. Ottawa, Canada. Sponsored
by the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.
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attention on emerging privacy issues relating to the NationalInformation Infrastructure, such as the Clipper Chip, the DigitalTelephony
proposal, medical record privacy, and the sale of consumerdata. EPIC is sponsored by the Fund for Constitutional Government, anon-profit
organization established in 1974 to protect civil libertiesand constitutional rights. EPIC publishes the EPIC Alert, pursuesFreedom
of Information Act litigation, and conducts policy research.
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