Left to Right: EPIC Scholar in Residence Len Kennedy, FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks, and EPIC President Marc Rotenberg
On Friday November 1st, FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks met with the Privacy Coalition and EPIC Scholar in Residence Len Kennedy moderated the discussion. Starks discussed a broad range of topics, including election security and broadband privacy, and asked consumer groups about their top priorities. Law360 reported on the meeting.
Privacy and Civil Liberties Board (PCLOB) Member Travis LeBlanc met with the Privacy Coalition to discuss the Board’s recent work and the threats posed by facial recognition technology.
District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine met with the Privacy Coalition on October 3, 2019. He discussed his office’s initiatives on privacy, algorithmic discrimination, and antitrust.
On September 11, 2019 the Privacy Coalition hosted a panel with Christian D’Cunha (Head of Private Office, European Data Protection Supervisor), Mary Ross (former president of Californians for Consumer Privacy and coauthor of the California Consumer Privacy Act), and Caitriona Fitzgerald (EPIC Policy Director). They offered their perspectives on privacy developments in Europe, California, and in Congress.
EPIC has released a detailed analysis of the privacy bills in Congress. According to EPIC, Senator Ed Markey’s Privacy Bill of Rights ranks #1. EPIC’s report — Grading on a Curve: Privacy Legislation in the 116th Congress — reviews recent developments, sets out a model bill, and assesses pending legislation. The EPIC Report finds that many of the bills in Congress lack the basic elements of a privacy law, such as an opportunity for individuals to enforce their rights. The EPIC report strongly recommends creation of a federal data protection agency.
On February 22, 2019 the Privacy Coalition hosted Abigail Slater, Special Assistant to the President for Tech, Telecom, and Cyber Policy at the White House National Economic Council. She discussed the Trump administration’s positions on privacy issues.