TRUSTe Board Members Named to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Privacy Advisory Committee


Industry Leaders will Advise Secretary of Homeland Security and its Chief Privacy Officer on Privacy Policies and Operations

San Francisco February 24, 2005 –TRUSTe, the leading online privacy non-profit organization, today announced that its chairman and two members of its board have been selected to sit on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. This committee has been established to advise the DHS Secretary and the agency’s Chief Privacy Officer on programmatic, policy, and technological issues that affect privacy.

“TRUSTe strongly supports the Department of Homeland Security’s creation of an advisory committee on data privacy and integrity,” said Fran Maier, executive director and president of TRUSTe. “Since the early days of the Internet, TRUSTe has worked with organizations and individuals to establish a framework of trust for online commerce. We are pleased DHS selected three of our board members to join this influential group, further demonstrating TRUSTe’s leadership.”

Richard Purcell was appointed TRUSTe Chairman of the Board in January. He is the CEO of Corporate Privacy Group, an independent privacy-consulting group, which focuses on privacy education. Previously, Purcell was the Chief Privacy Officer for Microsoft Corporation. Joseph Alhadeff, vice president for global public policy and chief privacy officer of Oracle Corporation, has served on the TRUSTe board since January 2004. David Hoffman, group counsel and director of privacy at the Intel Corporation, has experience in privacy issues with business compliance and product development. Mr. Hoffman has served on the TRUSTe Board of Directors for three years.

Members of the Advisory Committee have diverse expertise in privacy, security and emerging technology, and come from large and small companies, the academic community, and the non-profit sector. The members also reflect a geographic diversity as well as a seasoned depth of knowledge on issues of data protection, openness, technology, and national security. Members for the first term will serve for two years, three years, or four years and all subsequent members will serve for a period of four years. The first Privacy Advisory Committee meeting will be held on April 6, 2005 in Washington, DC.

About TRUSTe

TRUSTe powers privacy compliance and trust by enabling businesses to use data across their customer, employee and vendor channels. We have nearly 20 years experience and a team of over 150 professionals dedicated to providing data privacy management solutions and services, including assessments, certifications and our SaaS-based Platform. The Data Privacy Management Platform provides control over all phases of privacy; from conducting assessments and implementing compliance controls to managing ongoing monitoring. Companies worldwide rely on TRUSTe to minimize compliance risk and protect their brand.

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