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United States Privacy Digest | FTC commissioner talks privacy legislation impasses, Dems urge privacy rulemaking and other updates Related reading: Notes from the IAPP, Oct. 22, 2021

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  • U.S. Federal Trade Commissioner Christine Wilson provided keynote remarks for the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy’s Robert R. Wilson Distinguished Lecture Series on a study of preemption and private rights of action as key impasses to federal privacy legislation. “The bottom line is that federal privacy legislation is long overdue. But two key gating issues must be resolved before privacy legislation becomes a reality,” she said.
  • In a letter to leaders of Congress, the American Civil Liberties Union and 26 other civil rights and advocacy groups gave support for an additional $1 billion to the FTC to support a new data security and privacy division, Reuters reports. “Privacy rights help prevent people from being treated unfairly based on who they are — privacy rights are civil rights,” the groups said.
  • Nine U.S. Senate Democrats signed a letter calling on the Federal Trade Commission to commence a rulemaking process around data privacy, The Verge reports. Led by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., the group of lawmakers said a federal standard for privacy "is urgently needed" and FTC rulemaking should be done in parallel with efforts to draft a federal privacy law. Additionally, lawmakers encouraged the FTC to "take advantage of every tool in its toolkit to protect consumers’ privacy."
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