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Protecting Consumer Privacy in the Information Age: White House Unveils Privacy Bill of Rights


White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard A. Schmidt Invited to Address Press Conference on Safeguarding Protected Health Information

The White House unveiled a "Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights" Thursday as the core component of a comprehensive report to enhance consumer privacy protections in the information age. The report, Consumer Data Privacy in a Networked World: a Framework for Protecting Privacy and Promoting Innovation in the Global Digital Economy, is intended to give consumers greater control over how their personal information is used online, and set expectations for companies that use personal data.

"Privacy protections are critical to maintaining consumer trust in networked technologies," the White House report states. "When con¬sumers provide information about themselves—whether it is in the context of an online social network that is open to public view or a transaction involving sensitive personal data—they reasonably expect companies to use this information in ways that are consistent with the surrounding context."

According to the report, "the expanded use of health IT, including patients' access to health data through electronic health records, is a key element of the Administration's innovation strategy." Comprehensive privacy and security safeguards, the report states, are fundamental to this strategy.

On March 5, White House cybersecurity coordinator Howard A. Schmidt is invited to address a press conference unveiling The Financial Impact of Breached Protected Health Information: A Business Case for Enhanced PHI Security - a new report and method to help organizations operating in the health care industry evaluate the financial impact of breached protected health information (PHI). The document provides health care organizations a 5-step method - PHIve (PHI Value Estimator) - to assess specific security risks and build a business case for enhanced PHI security.

An expert in the areas of computer security, cyber crime, critical infrastructure protection, and business risks related to cybersecurity, Mr. Schmidt has long been a leader in the creation of public and private partnerships and information-sharing initiatives.

Additional featured speakers at the press event will include:

  • Joe Bhatia, President and CEO, American National Standards Institute

  • Catherine Allen, Chairman and CEO, The Santa Fe Group

  • Larry Clinton, President and CEO, Internet Security Alliance

  • Rick Kam, President and Co-Founder, ID Experts, Chairman of the PHI Project

  • James C. Pyles, Principal, Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville PC

  • Lynda Martel, Director, Privacy Compliance Communications, DriveSavers Data Recovery

  • Mary Chaput, CFO and Chief Compliance Officer, Clearwater Compliance

The Financial Impact of Breached Protected Health Information: A Business Case for Enhanced PHI Security was created through the "PHI Project" - a collaboration of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), via its Identity Theft Prevention and Identity Management Standards Panel (IDSP), in partnership with The Santa Fe Group/Shared Assessments Program Healthcare Working Group, and the Internet Security Alliance (ISA). The full document will be available for free download at on March 5 at 10:00 a.m.

Event Details
The press conference will be held on March 5, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., at the National Press Club (First Amendment Room, 13th floor, 529 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20045).

A related Congressional briefing will be held on March 5, from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., at the Rayburn House Office Building (Room Rayburn B-340, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street, Washington, DC, 20003).

Interested parties wishing to attend either event are invited to RSVP by February 29 to [email protected].


Jana Zabinski

Senior Director, Communications & Public Relations


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Beth Goodbaum

Journalist/Communications Specialist


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