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Online Trust Alliance Hosts New York and Seattle Data Privacy Day Events in Collaboration With Government, Business and Consumer Leaders

January 15, 2013 - New York, Ny And Seattle, WA

The Online Trust Alliance (OTA), a non-profit with the mission to enhance online trust, today announced an expanded series of events commemorating Data Privacy Day. OTA will host Data Privacy & Protection Town Hall meetings on Tuesday, January 29, in New York, NY; and on Wednesday, January 30 in Seattle, WA. OTA also will host complimentary webinars on January 31. All events aim to provide a framework to help businesses protect their data and that of customers, through the experiences of security, law enforcement, and business panelists and from the comprehensive OTA 2013 Data Protection & Breach Readiness Guide.

With the theme of Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data and Enabling Trust, the Data Privacy Town Halls and Webinars are an effort to empower people to protect their privacy, control their digital footprint and escalate the protection of data privacy as everyone's priority, and as a shared responsibility across the ecosystem.

Registration for Data Privacy & Protection Town Halls: $35 before January 22. Breakfast included. Qualified press please contact for credentials.

New York (Jan. 29, 8-11:30am):

Seattle (Jan. 30, 8-11:30am):

Registration for Free Data Privacy & Data Loss Incident Planning Webinars:

Jan. 31, 12pm-1pm EST or 4pm-5pm EST:

The Town Hall meetings will feature two interactive panel discussions with leaders in public policy, privacy, consumer protection and cybercrime law enforcement. The first panel will discuss and explore the evolving definition of privacy, considerations of collection, usage and sharing and the regulatory landscape; the second will discuss recommendations and best practices for data protection and what to do in the event of a data loss incident or breach. Panelists for both events include regional Federal Trade Commission and Attorney General representatives, the Council of Better Business Bureaus, PwC, OTA and Intersections/Identity Guard.

Speakers for New York, NY Town Hall Jan. 29:

  • Genie Barton, Vice President & Director, Council of Better Business Bureaus
  • Deborah Marrone Assistant Regional Director, Federal Trade Commission
  • Tim Rohrbaugh, Chief Information Security Officer, Intersections Inc. / Identity Guard
  • Clark Russell, Esq., Asst. Attorney General, Internet Bureau, NY Office of the Attorney General
  • Craig Spiezle, Executive Director & President, OTA (Moderator)
  • Raymond Umerley, VP of Product Security Development, Pitney Bowes Inc.
  • Sal Tripi, Assistant VP, Publishers Clearing House; Chairman OTA
  • Jacqueline Wagner, Managing Director, Data Protection & Privacy, PwC

Speakers for Seattle, WA Town Hall Jan. 30:

  • Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson (Keynote)
  • Bob Andrew, President & CEO, Better Business Bureaus, Alaska, Oregon & West Washington
  • Tim Wallach, Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Bob Schroeder, Regional Director, Federal Trade Commission
  • Tim Rohrbaugh, Chief Information Security Officer, Intersections Inc. / Identity Guard
  • Craig Spiezle, Executive Director & President, Online Trust Alliance (Moderator)
  • Aaron Weller, Managing Director, Data Protection & Privacy, PwC
  • Chris Babel, CEO, TRUSTe
  • Kirk Arthur, Special Agent, United States Secret Service
  • Paula Selis, Sr. Counsel, Consumer Protection Division, WA State Attorney General's Office

The 2013 Privacy and Data Privacy Day Town Halls are underwritten in part by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Pitney Bowes Inc., Intersections Inc., Infragard® and the Council of Better Business Bureaus.

About The Online Trust Alliance (OTA)
Formed in 2004, the Online Trust Alliance (OTA) is a non-profit with the mission to enhance online trust, while promoting innovation and the vitality of the internet. OTA's goal is to help educate businesses, policy makers and stakeholders while developing and advancing best practices and tools to enhance the protection of users' security, privacy and identity. OTA supports collaborative public-private partnerships, benchmark reporting, meaningful self-regulation and data stewardship. Follow us on Twitter at:

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