Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson


SEATTLE - September 1, 1999 - The Consumer Privacy Workgroup, appointed by Attorney General Christine Gregoire, will hold two public hearings next week for citizens to voice their concerns about consumer-privacy issues, including the collection and distribution of personal information by businesses.

The first hearing will be held Wednesday, Sept. 8, from 7-9 p.m. in Room 110 of Kane Hall on the University of Washington Campus. The second hearing will be in Spokane on Thursday, Sept. 9 from 5-7 p.m. in Lounges A and B at Spokane Falls Community College.

"People no longer trust that business, like their banks, will automatically protect their personal information," said Task Force Chairwoman Jenny Durkan, a Seattle lawyer. "And with this diminishing sense of privacy that consumers have, comes a diminishing sense of security."

The workgroup is focusing on what retailers, banks, direct marketers and other businesses do with information they get from consumers. Comments made at the hearings will help the workgroup understand the problems and develop recommendations for protecting consumers’ privacy rights.

Durkan urged people who aren’t able to attend the hearings to send their comments on privacy concerns via e-mail by visiting the AG webpages on privacy at www.atg.wa.gov/privacy.