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.
The Privacy Coalition met with Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Commissioner Noah Phillips on December 14, 2018. He discussed the agency’s enforcement of consent orders, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, and potential federal privacy legislation.
Steve Wood, Deputy Commissioner of the UK Information Commissioner’s Office, met with the Privacy Coalition on December 7, 2018. He outlined the ICO’s approach to strategic investigations, including the political data investigation into Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, and how the office plans to tackle the risks arising from new technologies such as AI.
The Privacy Coalition met with National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Assistant Secretary David Redl on October 26, 2018. Redl serves as Administrator of NTIA, the Executive Branch agency that is principally responsible for advising the President on telecommunications and information policy. The Privacy Coalition discussed with Redl the agency’s Request for Comments on “Developing the Administration’s Approach to Consumer Privacy.”