Target Audience: International law research and information specialists, who in the course of their duties, need to identify major sources of legislation, information, and research trends in the area of discussion
1) Participants will compare major research centers, identify scholars in the field of Internet privacy, and analyze major areas of academic research and interest in regard to protection of personal identifiable (PI) information online.
2) Participants will be able to summarize all major research and legislative developments in the United States and European Union on issues of privacy protection online, and will be able to compare and assess U.S. and European approaches to the problem.
The Law Library of Congress will host an interactive roundtable discussion that will highlight U.S. and European approaches toward various legal problems associated with protection and preservation of personal information submitted online. Academics and practitioners will analyze existing laws, regulations, and policies in the United States and abroad, and compare methods of regulating the usage of personal information online, assess the safety of Internet searches, and review the possibility to remain anonymous behind an IP address. The session speakers will conduct a case study examining major scholarly and legislative developments in the United States and Western Europe in the field of personal online information protection, and they will debate the adequacy of privacy measures proposed by the U.S. Congress and FTC in comparison with European Union directives that provide for broader co-regulation by interested parties. Privacy protection policies formulated in landmark court decisions and specifics of data protection in varied countries will be examined and presented in a form of a debate between proponents of U.S. and European approaches.