Event – The FCC’s Privacy Proposal: Help or Hindrance?

Event – The FCC’s Privacy Proposal: Help or Hindrance?

8:30 am – 10:30 am
April 11, 2016
Lisagor Room
National Press Club
529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor
Washington, DC

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The Federal Communications Commission’s privacy proposal is advertised as a way to “ensure consumers have the tools they need to make informed choices” concerning data that can potentially be collected by ISPs. However, the proposal raises a number of questions.  On the most basic level, does the proposal address an identifiable market failure and specific harms?  What are the costs and benefits of the proposal, and would the proposal ultimately be in the interests of consumers? How would the FCC’s enforcement differ from the Federal Trade Commission’s approach?  What would be the rationale for a different approach?  Panelists at “The FCC’s Privacy Proposal: Help or Hindrance?” hosted by the Technology Policy Institute, will discuss the FCC’s proposal and its possible implications for both ISPs and the larger internet economy.

Speakers confirmed for the event are:

Jim Halpert, Partner and Co-Chair, Global Data Protection, Privacy and Security Practice, DLA Piper
Lisa Hone, Associate Bureau Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau, Federal Communications Commission
Jon Nuechterlein, Partner and Co-Leader, Communications Regulatory Practice, Sidley Austin LLP and  former General Counsel, Federal Trade Commission
Joshua Wright, Professor of Law and Director of the Global Antitrust Institute, George Mason University and former Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
Thomas Lenard (moderator), President and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute

Registration and a continental breakfast will begin at 8:30, with the program starting at 9:00.  Questions should be directed to Ashley Benjamin at [email protected].  Members of the press should contact Amy Smorodin at [email protected].


The Technology Policy Institute

The Technology Policy Institute is a non-profit research and educational organization that focuses on the economics of innovation, technological change, and related regulation in the United States and around the world. More information is available at https://techpolicyinstitute.org/.


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