|Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security
January 5, 2000
TRUSTe respectfully nominates Paula J. Bruening, Director of Compliance and Policy for TRUSTe, to serve on the Federal Trade Commission Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security. Ms. Bruening would serve as a valuable resource to the committee as it provides advice and recommendations to the Commission regarding implementation by commercial Web sites of the fair information practice principles of access and security.
In her position at TRUSTe, Ms. Bruening is responsible for guiding companies to apply fair information practices. As a result, Bruening is intimately familiar with the real-world challenges of applying fair information practices to the day-to-day operations of a company doing business online. Similarly, Ms. Bruening is responsible for helping companies understand the legal and public policy ramifications offor not abiding by these principles. This practical experience and awareness of the privacy landscape has been a critical component in both growing the TRUSTe program and raising the bar of current business privacy practices online.
In her work for the U.S. Congress at the Office of Technology Assessment, she closely examined, among other Internet and information policy questions, issues of information security and privacy in her work on two publications, "Protecting Privacy in Computerized Medical Information," and "Information Security and Privacy in Networked Environments." These documents provided the Congress with analysis of technology developments and options to address emerging policy questions about privacy and security issues.
As a result of her public policy experience and her current role at TRUSTe, Ms. Bruening will clearly be an asset to the committee. She will provide valuable insight to its efforts to consider the parameters of reasonable access to personal information, adequate security to protect that information and finally, to deliver a report of policy options and the consequences of their implementation to the Commission.
Thank you for considering this nomination and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.