Seminar – LawTechTalk

UNSW's Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre

invite you to a free seminar
one of the 2007 Cyberspace Law and Policy Series


Can the US Meet International Privacy Standards
in an era of personal health records, consumer scores and watch lists?


Robert Gellman, privacy and information policy consultant, Washington DC


Thursday 7 June 2007


1:00 to 2:00 pm, including time for questions


Room 156, opposite Library entrance, first floor
Faculty of Law building
UNSW lower campus (near Roundhouse), Kensington, Sydney



Most nations that have addressed privacy adopted laws establishing common standards for all personal information based on fair information practices. Not the United States. Privacy law in the US is a welter of federal law, state law, common law, and no law at all. Vast activities affecting privacy are totally unregulated.

Does the US have the will or the interest to meet international privacy standards? What are the political obstacles to an omnibus privacy law for America? How are new commercial applications of personal information affecting American privacy?

Hear the perspective of an American expert with three decades of privacy experience.


  About the Speaker:

Robert Gellman is a privacy and information policy consultant in Washington DC. He advises companies, organizations, US government agencies, and foreign governments how to develop, implement, and maintain policies for personal privacy and fair information practices. Specialty areas include privacy policy for health records, the Internet and Internet websites, the homeless, and other for-profit and non-profit organizations.

A graduate of the Yale Law School, Gellman has worked on information policy issues for more than 30 years. He worked for 17 years as chief counsel to a Subcommittee in the House of Representatives responsible for privacy, freedom of information, health record confidentiality, and other information policy matters.

He also served as a member of the Department of Health and Human Service's National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (1996-2000), a federal advisory committee with responsibilities for health information infrastructure matters.


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