On November 22, 2019, European privacy advocate Max Schrems spoke to the Privacy Coalition in Washington DC about the GDPR. Max’s group None of Your Business (NOYB) is leading the effort to enforce the new privacy law of the European Union. Max is also responsible for one of the leading privacy cases in modern privacy law, Schrems v. DPC, which protected the personal data of Europeans. Max and EPIC have challenged the use of “standard contractual clauses” in a case before the European Court of Justice, known as “Schrems 2.0.”
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.
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.
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.