Event – Privacy: What is The Way Forward?

Event – Privacy: What is The Way Forward?

Wednesday December 5, 2018
12:00 – 1:30 PM

National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW
13th Floor
The Fourth Estate Room
Washington, DC 20045

New privacy regulations in Europe and California, combined with well-publicized data breaches, are fueling an intense debate about the U.S. approach to consumer privacy. The ongoing Federal Trade Commission hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century prominently feature privacy. The Department of Commerce is engaged in a proceeding to develop privacy policy for the Administration. Companies and privacy advocates are increasingly united in favor of some form of federal privacy legislation. Despite disagreement on the details, the U.S. seems closer to a federal privacy law than it has been for a long time.

To discuss these issues, TPI has assembled a group of experts for a lunch panel on the topic, “Privacy:  The Way Forward.” The panel will address questions related to the federal government’s role, including:

  • Do the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and perhaps other state legislation mean that federal legislation is needed?
  • If so, what should it contain? Should it preempt the states?
  • Has the current FTC ex post enforcement approach based on actual harms been successful? Should the U.S. move to an ex ante regulatory approach similar to the GDPR and CCPA?
  • What should the respective roles of the Administration, Congress, and the FTC be?

Panel participants include:

  • Julie Brill, Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Global Privacy and Regulatory Affairs, Microsoft; former Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
  • Roslyn Layton, Visiting Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
  • Maureen Ohlhausen, former Commissioner and Acting Chairwoman, Federal Trade Commission
  • Alan Raul, Founder and Leader, Sidley Austin Privacy and Data Security, and Information Law practice
  • Gail Slater, Special Assistant to the President for Tech, Telecom, and Cyber Policy, White House National Economic Council
  • Thomas Lenard (moderator), Senior Fellow and President Emertius, Technology Policy Institute


Event Contact: Ashley Benjamin, 202-828-4405, [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 www.techpolicyinstitute.org/.

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