Federal Trade Commission
Section I: Purpose
The purpose of the Advisory Committee is to provide advice and recommendations to the Federal Trade Commission ("Commission") regarding implementation of certain fair information practices by domestic commercial Web sites - specifically, providing online consumers reasonable access to personal information collected from and about them and maintaining adequate security for that information, in order to optimize the value of the Internet and to build consumer confidence. The Advisory Committee will consider the parameters of reasonable access to personal information and adequate security and will present options for implementation of these information practices, as well as the costs and benefits of each option, in a written report to the Commission.
Section II: Authority
The Administrator of General Services has determined that establishment of the Advisory Committee is in the public interest. As outlined in its Charter, the Advisory Committee is subject to the Federal Advisory Committee Act ("FACA"). 5 U.S.C. App. §§ 2 et seq.
Section III: Membership Selection and Appointment
Members of the Advisory Committee are appointed by the Commission for the full term of the Advisory Committee, which runs from February 4, 2000, through May 31, 2000. Members are selected for their ability to represent effectively the broad range of interests affected by the issues under consideration.
Membership includes the responsibility to attend all Advisory Committee meetings personally. The Commission reserves the right to replace any member who is unable to fully participate in the Advisory Committee's meetings. Substitutes will not be permitted to represent Advisory Committee members without prior written agreement of the Designated Federal Officer ("DFO").
Section IV: Meeting Procedures
The Advisory Committee will meet on February 4, 2000; February 25, 2000; March 31, 2000; and April 12, 2000; and additionally as may be required until expiration of the Advisory Committee on May 31, 2000. No meeting shall be held in the absence of a quorum, which shall consist of a simple majority of the Advisory Committee's membership. Meetings will be called by the DFO according to the following considerations:
Section V: Documents and Recordkeeping Requirements
Section VI: Subgroups
It is expected that Advisory Committee members may form subgroups. No subgroup shall have more than 19 members. Subgroups shall report to the Advisory Committee only; they shall not report to the Commission. Meetings of subgroups are not subject to the FACA, and will not be open to the public. However, working papers used by the subgroup to make recommendations to the Advisory Committee shall be given to the DFO and are Advisory Committee Records, and shall be handled in accordance with Section V of these Bylaws.
Section VII: Voting
When a decision or recommendation of the Advisory Committee is required, the DFO will request a motion for a vote. Any member, as well as the DFO, may make a motion for a vote. Decisions shall be by simple majority.
Section VIII: Role of the Designated Federal Officer
The DFO serves as the Commission's agent for all matters related to the Advisory Committee's activities. By law, the DFO must: (1) approve or call each meeting of the Advisory Committee; (2) approve agendas; (3) attend all meetings; and (4) adjourn the meetings when such adjournment is in the public interest. By the direction of the Commission, the DFO will also chair meetings of the Advisory Committee.
In addition, the DFO is responsible for providing adequate staff support to the Advisory Committee, including performance of the following functions: (1) notifying members of the time and place for each meeting; (2) maintaining records of all meetings, as required by law; (3) maintaining the records of Advisory Committee membership attendance; (4) maintaining the official transcript of each Advisory Committee meeting; (5) maintaining official Advisory Committee Records and filing all papers and submissions prepared for or by the Advisory Committee; and (6) preparing and handling the annual comprehensive review and the annual report to the General Services Administration required by the FACA.
Section IX: Expenses and Reimbursement
The Commission will provide the necessary support services for the Advisory Committee, including a court reporter, transcripts of meetings, and photocopying. Members of the Advisory Committee will not be compensated, and must bear the cost of their own travel-related expenses.