Three real estate privacy experts will discuss privacy concerns in real estate transactions during an audio conference sponsored by the International Association of Privacy Professionals next week.

The conference, “Privacy and the Real Estate Industry: Building Customer Trust,” is slated for March 24. Registration details are available at www.privacyassociation.org.

Speakers include Mark Lesswing, VP and director of the National Association of Realtors’ Center for Realtor Technology; Richard Mendenhall, broker/owner of RE/MAX Boone Realty of Columbia, Mo., and Darity Wesley, CEO/legal counsel of Privacy Solutions.

“Real estate transactions involve an enormous amount of personally identifiable information, such as credit records, mortgages and property value, but the issue of protecting privacy in real estate is just moving to the fore,” Wesley said. “Realtors need to understand the how and why of bridging the gap between the need for information and addressing the customer’s concern for protecting personal information.”

The real estate industry is uniquely affected by privacy concerns. Many recent state and federal legislative efforts present compliance challenges for brokers, mortgage companies and real estate agents.

The IAPP is an association of privacy and security professionals and includes more than 1,000 individual and corporate members.

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