For Immediate Release

Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law


FTC, UW School of Law Host Meeting to Explore Contactless Payment

SEATTLE - College and university students and professors are invited to attend a one-day "town hall" meeting at the UW School of Law to examine emerging uses of contactless payment devices and their implications, including security and privacy implications, for consumer protection policy. The meeting, titled Pay on the Go: Consumers and Contactless Payment, is free and open to the public and will be held July 24, 2008, beginning at 8:30 AM, in room 133 of the UW School of Laws William H. Gates Hall. The law school's Technology and Public Policy Clinic is co-sponsoring this event with the Federal Trade Commission.

Contactless payment devices, which allow consumers to make purchases by holding an RFID-chipped device such as a smart card, key fob, or mobile phone in proximity to a reader, are increasingly available in the U.S. The July 24th meeting will explore the extent to which contactless payment and similar technologies are being deployed domestically and around the world, along with potential benefits and risks of their use to consumers.

The agenda includes speakers from the technology, government, and higher education sectors. Public comments are encouraged and may be submitted to the FTC until August 15, 2008.

There is no pre-registration. Members of the public and press who wish to participate but who cannot attend can view a live Webcast on the FTCs Web site at A transcript of the proceedings also will be posted on this site.

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