This month the Privacy Coalition met with Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joseph. Simons, who was sworn in last month. The Privacy Coalition discussed with Chairman Simons several consumer protection issues of importance including privacy and anti-trust, the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica issues, and enforcing FTC consent orders. Chairman Simons and the Privacy Coalition also discussed the FTC’s upcoming series of hearings starting in the Fall that will include many consumer protection and privacy issues.
In May the Privacy Coalition met with AccessNow’s European Policy Manager, Fanny Hidvegi, and AccessNow’s Senior Policy Analyst, Estelle Massé to discuss the privacy and data protection developments in the EU including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the ePrivacy reform, and proposals for cross border law enforcement access.
The Privacy Coalition met with Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Acting Privacy Officer, Lauren Berkebile, and Acting Assistant Director for Information Governance and Privacy, Amber Smith. The Privacy Coalition discussed with the ICE privacy officials the DACA program, the extreme vetting initiative, and the collection of social media information.
The Privacy Coalition met with EU Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli in March. The focus of the discussion was on the recent Facebook/Cambridge Analytica news, the passage of the CLOUD Act, and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)–which becomes enforceable on May 25, 2018.
Sam Kaplan, DHS’s new Chief Privacy Officer, and Deputy Chief Privacy OfficerJonathan Cantor met with the Privacy Coalition today. Mr. Kaplan discussed DHS’s biometric entry/exit program, the agency’s increased collection of social media identifiers, and the protection of DACA data among other issues.
The Privacy Coalition’s next meeting will be Friday, April 21st with European Data Protection Supervisor, Giovanni Buttarelli. This will be a tremendous opportunity to discuss the Privacy Shield, the Section 702 debate in the US, and many more topics.