Privada, Inc.
Two North First Street
Fifth Floor
San Jose, CA 95113

Federal Trade Commission
Room H-159
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20580

SUBJECT: Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security-Nomination, P004807

To Whom It May Concern:

I respectfully nominate Craig P. McLaughlin, CTO & Founder of Privada, Inc., to serve on the Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security. Mr. McLaughlin is uniquely qualified to participate in this Advisory Committee for the following reasons.

Expertise in the issues and/or technologies relevant to the implementation of fair information practices by commercial web sites.

Mr. McLaughlin is the founder and Chief Technology Officer of Privada, and brings over 10 years of experience in defining, developing and supporting diverse client-server applications. He is the inventor and primary architect of the Privada patent-pending infrastructure for secure privacy in a digital world, where choice and control over privacy and personal information dissemination are returned to the individual. Privada is a member of the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA), and sits on the SIIA Board of Directors.

Mr. McLaughin's area of expertise is in system security and administration, and he is particularly well-versed in the technologies available for protecting the security and integrity of personal information. He also has significant experience is assessing the strengths and weaknesses of these technologies. In March, 1999, Mr. McLaughlin testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Courts and Intellectual Property, in support of H.R. 850, the Security and Freedom through Encryption (SAFE) Act.

Promote balance of points of view represented and functions performed by the Advisory Committee.

While Mr. McLaughlin is a strong proponent of the individual's right to control the dissemination of his or her personal information, he recognizes the value in personalized web content and the need for the responsible use of privacy-and has combined all three in Privada's privacy infrastructure. His perspective and careful consideration of the issues are uniquely balanced.

I sincerely hope you find this nomination of Craig McLaughlin acceptable. If you have any questions, or would like additional information, please contact me via email ( or telephone (408.299.0560 x301). You may also contact Mr. McLaughlin directly via email ( or telephone (408.299.0560 x302).

Thank you in advance for your consideration, and we hope to hear from you soon.

Best regards,

Barbara A. Bellissimo
Founder & Vice President of Marketing