January 5, 2000
Secretary, Federal Trade Commission
Dear Mr. Secretary,
iPool Corporation respectively submits Mr. Arthur Weisberg as a nominee for a position on the Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security as outlined on page 71457 in the Federal Register dated December 21, 1999. Mr. Weisberg is currently a member of the Board of Directors for iPool Corporation, an e-commerce company whose website is located at . He is also retired senior partner of the law firm of Dorsey & Whitney, LLP in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
iPool Corporation is an infomediary which collects, stores, and manages personal information for the benefit of the consumer. By leveraging consumer information in pools or groups, iPool enables these pools to purchase services at a discount while protecting their personally identifiable information. Mr. Weisberg has been instrumental in the formation of the company, becoming an advisor of iPool Corporation in 1993, and being elected to the Board of Directors last year.
He provides background knowledge and information gained as a successful business law attorney and general counsel of several large corporations, including Jostens and National Computer Systems (NCS.) He also shares his insights and wisdom in a logical, straightforward manner.
He is keenly aware of the need for law enforcement and other branches of the legal system to gather, collect and process information about companies and their officers and employees. However the need for access, use, and restriction of access to consumers information must be carefully considered by people like Mr. Weisberg so as to properly safeguard and represent the views of experts and of the general public.
Although Mr. Weisberg worked for many years with large corporations, he has never lost touch with how most people perceive sensitive issues. The collection, storage, dissemination and restricted access to personally identifiable information are some of the most sensitive issues facing the Internet today. Not only would he represent the business interests of iPool and other infomediaries, (commercial websites which collect and store personal data) but his years as an attorney have made him an advocate of individual privacy concerns as well.
It is for these reasons that we at iPool Corporation respectively submit Mr. Arthur Weisberg for a position on this Advisory Committee. If you would like to discuss Mr. Weisbergs background, I can be reached at 651.286.6817 or via email at .
Thank you for considering this nominee for a position on the Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security.