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Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley to Speak at Bentley Event on Effective Online Privacy Management, May 10

April 23, 2007

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley will be the keynote speaker at a Bentley College workshop on managing online privacy on Thursday, May 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Commons at Adamian Academic Center.

The program, Effective Online Privacy Management in Higher Education, is sponsored by the Bentley Global Cyberlaw Center and the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General.

This program comes at a time when college and university administrators face significant challenges in developing effective programs to manage privacy and security.These challenges include decentralized computing environments, outsourcing common business functions, and academic departments that operate their own servers and run their own websites. The collection and maintenance of large online stores of sensitive personal information make schools an attractive target for security breaches.

Slade Professor of Management and Information Technology Mary Culnan, who organized the workshop, is co-author of a national survey of online privacy practices at 236 top-ranked universities and colleges from the 2004 U.S. News and World Report list of America's Best Colleges.

Conducted by Bentley College and Watchfire, the 2006 survey revealed that while most of the schools engaged in e-commerce, only about 27 percent had privacy notices linked from their home page.

The workshop will also feature a summary of a 2007 benchmark survey of online privacy practices for New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)-accredited institutions in Massachusetts, and a panel discussion with privacy experts from both the private sector and higher education.Panelists include:

  • Agnes Bundy Scanlan, counsel in the Boston office of Goodwin Procter's Business Law Department, and a member of its Financial Services Practice
  • Steve McDonald, general counsel, Rhode Island School of Design
  • Rodney J. Petersen, government relations officer with EDUCAUSE and coordinator of the EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Computer and Network Security Task Force
  • Thomas Ralph, chief of the Cybercrime Division in the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General
  • Brian Tretick, director of privacy assurance and advisory services for Ernst & Young's Risk Advisory Services

Attorney General Martha Coakley has dedicated the last 20 years of her life to a career in public service. Coakley has a strong history as an advocate, not only for individuals and communities, but also for the best interests of the Commonwealth at large.She brings to the Attorney General's office a diverse and extensive legal background, a proven track record of bringing people to the table to find effective solutions to the issues that face the Commonwealth, and a strong commitment to her role as a public servant.

After nearly 20 years in the legal field, Coakley was elected Middlesex District Attorney in 1998.Under her leadership, the office's Child Abuse Prosecution Unit continued to serve as a national model for victim-centered prosecution of crimes against children.Coakley was also responsible for extending that model to sexual crimes against adults, establishing the office's Adult Sexual Assault Division in 2002.In January 2002, Attorney General Coakley completed a one-year term as the President of the Massachusetts District Attorney's Association, where she was at the forefront of statewide public policy discussion and initiatives to improve the criminal justice system and enhance overall public safety.

Coakley is a former president of the Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts, and has served on the Board of Directors at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.During her tenure as Middlesex District Attorney, Coakley served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc., a non-profit organization committed to providing prevention and intervention resources and training to Middlesex school districts and communities. Throughout her career, Coakley has been honored for her work by organizations such as the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, and the Victim Rights Law Center.

A member of the Bentley Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility, the Bentley Global CyberLaw Center (BGCC) was created in response to a need to assist business students and professors in researching the vast "corpus juris" of CyberLaw. Assistance in classroom assignments and research can be utilized using the BGCC. Business managers, entrepreneurs and lawyers engaged in e-commerce will find the center useful. Bentley University has a number of IT and related courses that explain and discuss the intersection between business and e-commerce. The Law, Taxation and Financial Planning Department currently offers several courses in cyberlaw studies.



BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit

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