The objective is to have a panel of internationally noted experts on privacy and electronic communication discuss various proposals for insuring the protection of privacy rights. Such proposals will focus in large part of efforts directed at disclosure of the degree of privacy afforded a user of the internet. Among these areas are the following.
First, users of the various libraries available on the internet may have a right to know whether user lists are made available to commercial vendees by the provider of the service. Users may also have a right to know whether user identity is retained by a provider or whether such records are destroyed. The parallel to information lists maintained or not maintained by public libraries is obvious.
Second, various degrees of confidentiality attend electronic messages, ranging from encryption, to limited accessibility passwords, to receiver mail boxes generally accessible to anyone. Senders of electronic communications may have a right to know where on the scale of confidentiality the recipient of electronic communications is found so that reasonable expectations of privacy can be rationally calculated.
A panel which will include some of the following will discuss the issues raised by these considerations. It will also look at recent developments in communications law and policy the United States, Europe and around the globe.
Such a panel should be able to synthesize the abstract concerns for privacy with the reality of electronic communications with the end result being a realistic effort at privacy protection.