Web Conference: Will the Stars Finally Align for a Federal Privacy Law?

Original broadcast date: Nov. 13, 2020

As the collection, use and sharing of personal data grows and consumers and businesses are increasingly required to navigate a tangled web of confusing data privacy regulations from various levels of government, there has been a clamor for Congress to enact comprehensive federal privacy legislation that will give consumers more rights and the FTC increased powers. Federal privacy and data security legislation is viewed by many as inevitable, though recent attempts have once again stalled in the face of COVID-19 challenges and election uncertainties. Various proposals for privacy legislation have similarities to CCPA, which is currently the de facto national standard, including obligations about mapping data and giving consumers rights that cover how companies may use and share customer and employee data. But what type of law would Congress actually pass, and will state laws like CCPA survive a federal law? This panel of insiders gives their forecasts.

Host:
Dave Cohen, CIPP/E, CIPP/US, Knowledge Manager, IAPP

Panelists:
Cameron Kerry, Tisch Distinguished Visiting Fellow, The Brookings Institute
Maureen Ohlhausen, Former Acting Chairman, FTC; Partner, Baker Botts
Michelle Richardson, Director, Privacy and Data Project, CDT
Christine Wilson, Commissioner, FTC