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Privacy Perspectives | Heard Around DC — Roundup and reflections for April 8, 2022 Related reading: Heard around DC – Roundup and reflections for April 1, 2022


Even as the entire D.C. privacy world holds its breath for the IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2022 next week (and hopefully stores up some extra sleep!) life goes on in the nation’s capital. A red fox caused quite a stir this week after (allegedly) biting multiple pedestrians around the Capitol grounds. In true D.C. form, the captured canid appeared to issue a defiant press release via its official Twitter account. Undoubtedly, a vulpine NFT is not far behind. Here's what’s happened since the last roundup:

  • The U.S. State Department launched its new cyberspace and digital policy bureau. The move is the culmination of years of work to centralize multiple workstreams in the diplomatic agency. The bureau’s stated goal will be to “address the national security challenges, economic opportunities and implications for U.S. values associated with cyberspace, digital technologies and digital policy.”
  • Ketanji Brown Jackson was confirmed as the next U.S. Supreme Court justice. Stephen Breyer will finish out the Court’s current term, and Jackson will start hearing cases in October. What could Jackson mean for data privacy? Watch this space!
  • Apple dropped out of the State Privacy and Security Coalition. SPSC is one of numerous trade groups pushing for consistent privacy protections in the U.S. through a federal law. Apple’s decision comes after reporting last month it had drawn attention to SPSC’s efforts to characterize the recently passed Utah privacy bill as a model for other states. Apple’s CEO will be a featured keynote at the Global Privacy Summit (see below for livestream link). As 9to5Mac reports, Tim Cook “is expected to once again reiterate Apple’s belief that privacy is a ‘fundamental human right.’”
  • What is the future of privacy at NIST? In a helpful blog post, the National Institute of Standards and Technology published a “peek” into the past and future of data privacy work at the agency. This year marks NIST’s 50th anniversary as the United States’ official laboratory for standards and measurements. Current privacy developments include:
  • Politico published a brief profile of the FTC’s unorthodox chief of staff, Jen Howard. Though it begins with a description of Howard’s “irreverent” jewelry choices, the article also reports on the perceived dynamics the new chief of staff has brought to the Commission, with quotes from detractors and defenders alike. For more on the future of the FTC, tune into the livestream of Chair Lina Khan’s much-anticipated keynote address at the Global Privacy Summit.

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