Media Advisory: Call for a Federal Office to Guide Online Privacy

Catherine Dwyer, Ph.D., a professor at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems in New York, is an expert on online privacy management who is closely following the discussions about the creation of a federal office to guide online privacy.

December 17, 2010

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Topic:  Call for a Federal Office to Guide Online Privacy

 “It is about time we catch up with Canada and Lichtenstein and have a federal privacy office and chief privacy officer.”

Catherine Dwyer, Ph.D., a professor at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems in New York, is an expert on online privacy management who is closely following the discussions about the creation of a federal office to guide online privacy.

 “It is about time we catch up with Canada and Lichtenstein and have a federal privacy office and chief privacy officer.

 “I am very interested in the turn this discussion has taken. The buzz earlier was that the Commerce Department would give the industry a pass (versus the Federal Trade Commission) but this is much more hardline than I expected.”

 Phone: 212-346-1728; email cdwyer@pace.edu.

 At Pace, Dwyer teaches courses in Online Privacy; Sociotechnical Systems; Social Computing; and Ethics and Information Technology. She has written research papers titled:

 “Trust and Privacy Concern Within Social Networking Sites: A Comparison of Facebook and MySpace”;

 “Behavioral Targeting: A Case Study of Consumer Tracking on Levis.com”;

 “Designing Privacy Into Online Communities”; and

 “The Effect of Behavioral Targeting on Trust in E-Commerce”

 Her work has been cited by BusinessWeek, Computerworld, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. She received her Ph.D. in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (Dissertation topic: “Appropriation of Privacy Management Within Social Networking Sites”); M.S. in Computer Science from Pace University; M.A. in Music Education from The Manhattan School of Music; and B.A. (Double major English and Political Science) from Fordham University.

 Media contact:  Bill Caldwell, Pace University, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

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