The Federal Trade Commission will host a series of public "roundtable discussions" to explore the privacy challenges posed by "technology and business practices that collect and use consumer data," including social networking, cloud computing, online behavioral advertising, mobile marketing, and the collection and use of information by retailers, data brokers, third-party applications, and other diverse businesses. The FTC's expressed goal of the meetings is to determine how best to protect consumer privacy while supporting beneficial uses.
The first of these free, public meeting will be held Monday, December 7, 2009, at the FTC Conference Center in Washington, DC. A live Webcast of the program also will be available at FTC.gov. Individuals and organizations may submit requests to participate as panelists and may recommend topics for inclusion on the agenda.