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American Civil Liberties Union of Utah to Bring
Noted Privacy Expert to Salt Lake City
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 28, 1999
The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah has always fought to protect an individual’s right to
privacy, and maintains that the details of our personal lives are our property, and no one else’s
business. Computers have increased the stakes in this age-old battle over individual privacy rights,
as they enable a sort of "data market," in which our personal and business information can be
linked, transferred, shared, and sold.
In an ongoing effort to educate citizens and policy makers about privacy in an electronic age, the
ACLU of Utah is pleased to bring journalist and attorney Robert Ellis Smith to Salt Lake City on
February 4-5, 1999. Since 1974, Smith has published the nationally renowned Privacy Journal, a
monthly newsletter containing the most up-to-date information on privacy in the computer age,
including legislative updates, legal information, and a summary of new technology that affects the
confidentiality of information. In addition to the journal, Smith has written several books on the
status of privacy rights, such as Our Vanishing Privacy, The Law of Privacy Explained, Privacy:
How to Protect What’s Left of It, and The Big Brother Book of Lists.
During his two day visit, Smith will speak at the University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics at
10:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 4, 1999. The talk will take place in room 255 of the University’s
Orson Spencer Hall, and is open to the public. Smith will also participate in a University of Utah
Law School brown bag luncheon, and present to the Democratic Caucus at the State Legislature.
For more information about Robert Ellis Smith, please call Carol Gnade, ACLU of Utah Executive
Director, at (801) 521-9862.