Afternoon Tutorials 2-5:30 PM

T4 - The Electronic Communications Privacy Act: A Primer and Update

Cathedral A

In the U.S., the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 (ECPA) governs the acquisition and disclosure of information--e.g., electronic mail, logs, and subscriber identity--at the core of computer network privacy. Unfortunately, ECPA's intricacies have bedeviled commentators, leading one appeals court to call ECPA "famous (if not infamous) for its lack of clarity." This tutorial for laypeople will examine ECPA's rules by category (e.g., contents vs. transactional/account records), focusing especially on the rules governing law enforcement access to customer information, as modified by the 2001 antiterrorism legislation.

Presented by Mark Eckenwiler

T5 - Internet Activism Basics: What Works, What Doesn't and What Will Get You Arrested

Telegraph Hill A & B

This tutorial will be a hands on discussion of online activism. The first segment will discuss various forms of online activism, from website defacement to e-mailing members of Congress to painting the Net black. The second segment will discuss how the law does and should intersect with it. When can the authorities charge you with a denial of service attack? When can the target of your protest bring a civil action against you? Where are there gray areas or problems with the law? The third section will give concrete advice about what to do when the police come knocking, including discussion of what information you and third parties (like your ISP) may have that could be used to hurt you or those who participate in your protest. The final section will be an interactive discussion among the participants about the future of online activism. Our hope is that together we can come up with some creative ideas for future protests and protesters, as well as educate folks about which types of protests are legal and which constitute civil disobedience.

Cindy Cohn is the Legal Director of the EFF will lead the tutoraial. Joining Cohn, will be a panel of experts on Activism, including:

  • Anita Ramasastry, Assistant Professor and the Associate Director of the Shidler Center for Law, Commerce and Technology at the University of Washington School of Law
  • Nancy Chang, Senior Litigation Attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights
  • Will Doherty, Online Activist and Media person for the Electronic Frontier Foundation

T6 - Building a Privacy Program for Your Business or Organization

Cathedral B

While some companies and organizations continue to ignore privacy concerns a growing number have begun to see privacy not only as something that should be addressed but as an important means of building a relationship with an individual. This tutorial will examine the relationship between privacy policy actions and customer trust and then feature several experts who have built successful privacy programs for companies and nonprofit organizations and teach you how to do the same.

The tutorial will be lead by Professor Tom Lauer of Oakland University and include insight from:

  • Peggy Irving, IRS
  • Barbara Lawler, Hewlett Packard
  • Mel Petersen, Proctor and Gamble
  • David Steer, TRUSTe
  • Hilary Naylor, CompuMentor

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