Regulators, Academics, and Industry leaders weigh in on the future of privacy legislation
Panel 1: How has the pandemic changed our views on privacy, and what does that mean for existing and future regulation and legislation?
Congress has been debating federal privacy legislation for some 20 years, with increased urgency following Europe’s adoption of GDPR and state’s, including California, adopting their own laws. At a recent Senate hearing, a group of former FTC chairs and commissioners representing different parties and points of view all supported strong privacy legislation, but many specifics remain unaddressed.
Ensuring that any privacy law yields net benefits requires answering the fundamental questions about how to make the inevitable tradeoffs and who should be responsible for making them. Those questions are more important and more difficult today given the data needs associated with the coronavirus crisis and its aftermath.
This panel will discuss the tradeoff between privacy and beneficial uses of data in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, the impact of privacy considerations on fighting Covid, and what a new privacy law should include, and features:
- Jane Bambauer, Professor of Law, James E. Rogers College of Law, The University of Arizona
- Christina Montgomery, Vice President & Chief Privacy Officer, IBM
- Maureen Ohlhausen, Section Chair, Antitrust & Competition Law Firm Partner, Baker Botts LLP
- Andrew Smith, Director, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission
- Catherine Tucker, Sloan Distinguished Professor of Management Science and Professor Marketing and Chair of the MIT Sloan PhD Program at MIT Sloan School of Management
- Thomas Lenard (moderator), Senior Fellow and President Emeritus, Technology Policy Institute
Panel 2: How is the world regulating privacy, and what does that mean for the US?
This panel will discuss how privacy rules differ across the globe, how different countries handle the tradeoffs implied by their laws, and what each country or region’s laws mean for others.
The panel includes:
- Bruno Gencarelli, Head of Unit, International Data Flows and Protection, European Commission
- Catherine de Fontenay, Commissioner, Australia Productivity Commission
- Andrea Jelinek, Chair, European Data Protection Board; Director, Austrian Data Protection Authority
- Kenneth Propp, Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council
- Scott Wallsten (moderator), President and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute
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