Democrats Champion Privacy

SAN MATEO (08/16/2000) - Honing in on the controversy now surrounding privacy, Democratic operatives on Wednesday at the Los Angeles convention will aim to point out the difference between the two political parties on the hot-button issue.

Although offering few details ahead of the scheduled discussion, U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee, of Washington, announced that he -- along with California's Attorney General Christine Gegoire and others -- will host a discussion on privacy.

The goal is "to help raise the profile of the privacy issue on the agenda in the presidential race," according to Inslee's camp.

Inslee addressed the Democratic Convention hall on Tuesday setting the stage for Wednesday's session.

Inslee trumped the Democrat's claim to a new law that stops banks from selling credit card numbers to telemarketers.

"We Democrats also led the effort to stop the federal government from secretly tracking our movements over the Internet. For what does liberty mean if our most personal affairs are sold to the highest bidder?" Inslee asked.

Inslee has declared the Democrats the "Party of Privacy."

Gore's Web site details the specifics of the candidate's privacy platform.

Gore has called for the establishment of an "Electronic Bill of Rights" to dictate how and when information is disclosed. Gore also supports a person's rights to see and correct personal data held on him or her.

Gore claims he is for the self-policing among the Internet industry but is pushing for more self-regulatory efforts.

Jennifer Jones is an InfoWorld senior editor.

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