January 4, 2000

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

RE: "Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security, P004807"

Dear Secretary:

I am pleased to nominate Alden Schacher, Director-Government Affairs, The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation, for a position on the Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security.

Alden has a wealth of experience on data privacy issues. Prior to becoming Dun & Bradstreet’s data privacy expert, Alden has held a number of diverse assignments. First, she worked on Capitol Hill for Congressman Dave McCurdy. After her five year tenure as a legislative assistant, Alden managed privacy and information access policy issues for the Information Industry Association, where she was responsible for developing fair information practices policy for the entire Association in addition to preparing testimony for congressional hearings and drafting comments for various FTC notices.

At Dun & Bradstreet, Alden serves as data privacy compliance officer for the company and has crafted online privacy policies for a number of D&B’s business units. Currently, she chairs an internal privacy task force that will provide input to the redesign of Dun & Bradstreet’s global website. Alden holds a seat on the ten-member steering committee of the Online Privacy Alliance (OPA) and was an advisor to BBBOnline in the creation of its privacy seal program.

Dun & Bradstreet is one of a handful of companies that already provides its customers access to their own data. Therefore, Alden would provide a more objective voice that may distinguish her from some of the other private sector participants. She is highly motivated and would commit the energy and intellect necessary to help the Advisory Committee achieve its stated objectives.

Alden would be a substantive contributor to the Advisory Committee’s efforts, and I strongly urge her appointment.


Jean Cantrell
Executive Director-Government Affairs
The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation