The 4th Annual Data Privacy Conference USA will take place in Washington D.C. on September 14th 2022 and gather thought leaders, legislators, the public and private sectors, and civil society representatives to discuss the most topical and timely issues relating Data Privacy in the US.
This event will take place in-person only. Registration is now open and free for all attendees.
US Senator for Massachusetts
United States House of Representatives
Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General
Department of Justice
Acting Chief Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer
Department of Justice
Attorney, Division of Privacy and Identity Protection
Federal Trade Commission
Distinguished visiting fellow, Center for Technology Innovation
General Counsel, & Senior Counsel for Competition Policy
Center for Democracy & Technology
Senior Technologist, Youth & Education Privacy
Future of Privacy Forum
Founder and Chief Privacy Tech Evangelist
The Rise of Privacy Tech
Professor of Law
University of Arizona
U.S. Policy Analyst
The Providence Group
The Providence Group
Senior Policy Analyst
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Data Privacy has become an increasingly pressing concern for individuals in the USA and globally these past few years, as digital technologies have proliferated throughout our lives while numerous, sometimes wide-scale, cases of data breaches and misuses have continued to make the headlines. The huge socio-economic benefits of these technologies are however manyfold, and it is therefore essential that regulation does not impede the endless opportunities they can deliver. Trust, transparency, and accountability are central to the discussions being held around data privacy in the US and will be the core themes of Forum Global’s 4th Annual Data Privacy Conference USA.
The recent circulation of the bipartisan and bicameral‘ American Data Privacy and Protection Act’ represents a significant step forward to establish national data privacy protections with the proposed law striking compromises on a series of major sticking point and being the first privacy bill to be made available for a full House vote. Time is of the essence however, to get a federal framework across the finish line during the 117th Congress. In this context, and while States legislators, the FTC and the tech industry itself continue to respond to privacy challenges, this event will gather top level US and global data privacy experts, policymakers, industry leaders and civil society to explore the US’s response to a dynamically evolving data privacy landscape.
Sessions at this event will explore how businesses and consumers can best adapt to continuously changing privacy requirements, methods and expectations ahead of the potential enactment of the ADPPA or any other future federal rulebook on privacy, will examine the inextricable link between data privacy and competition regulations in the platform economy, and will assess how synergies between different data protection regimes internationally can be developed to create a more coherent transnational approach to regulation. Specific themed sessions will debate issues relating to child privacy, lawful access to data – including but not limited to the implications of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade- and the future of privacy as emerging technologies, such as AI and the metaverse, develop. A common thread throughout the discussions will explore how the ADPPA balances the protection of individuals and the promotion of positive innovation with regards to the issues covered.
While latest efforts in Congress have recently resulted in the circulation of the bipartisan and bicameral ADPPA which finds compromise on the two main stumbling blocks to a federal rulebook on privacy – time is running out for the bill to meaningfully advance this year. In the current absence of a federal privacy framework and with 5 states having already enacted their own privacy laws (and many more likely to follow suit) and while the FTC continues to consider rule-making procedures, organizations across the country are still currently faced with obligations to comply with different competing and potentially contradictory data privacy regimes as well as with industry-specific privacy regulations. This leads to consumers’ confusion, high compliance costs and creates corporate governance challenges. In order to achieve best levels of data protection, privacy advocates argue that companies should take a more proactive stance towards data privacy now, by incorporating data security and privacy into an overall risk management framework, developing flexible compliance mechanisms and privacy-by-design strategies, as well as adopting Privacy-Enhancing Technologies (PETs), so that they can adapt to a constantly changing regulatory environment. This session will discuss what can be done by organizations of all sizes and all sectors to prepare for future compliance and develop risk management programs with built-in flexibility. It will explore whether tools and recommendations that are being deployed are enough to give businesses and public organizations appropriate support and guidance and will also examine the impact that technology itself can have by exploring the role of PETs. Finally, it will analyze the extent to which the circulation of the American Data Privacy and Protection Act sets the stage for continued discussions on a federal privacy framework even if Congress does not act on it this session.
The collection and use of personal data are at the core of business models and innovation in today’s data economy. However, in the absence of federal data privacy rules and of common transparency requirements, individuals have limited control as to how their data is collected, used and shared. As the data explosion has largely benefited and been driven by the private sector, momentum is growing for a deeper analysis which would aim to address the emerging questions around competition, market dominance and enabling innovation to flourish.
This session will explore the complex convergence between the data privacy and competition regulatory spheres, their overlapping objectives, where these regulatory areas complement each other, and what tensions exist. It will discuss the extent to which these issues are appropriately addressed by President Biden’s Executive Order “Promoting Competition in the American Economy” from July 2021 directing the FTC to start a rulemaking process to strengthen consumers’ data privacy, by the various bills being introduced by Congress, and by industry players who continue to take further action to self-regulate by rolling out privacy-focused changes to their services.
It is widely recognized that international data flows underpin the global economy; with organizations of all sizes and across all sectors relying on the free flow of data between countries and markets to improve research, provide innovative services and products across borders and to deliver socio-economic benefits. In recent years, the lack of a US Federal data privacy law along with the continued fragmentation of data protection regimes worldwide have resulted in growing levels of legal uncertainties and associated costs for organizations operating cross-borders.
In this context, this session will discuss the latest developments around the data transfers agreement that are being negotiated between the US and other regions of the world, how these fit with the overall goals of the recent Declaration on the Future of the Internet initiated by President Biden and endorsed by 60 countries, if and how regulatory convergence and synergies with like-minded partners can truly be achieved and what support, in the meantime, is available to businesses and consumers to navigate a complex global data transfer system made up of intertwined data transfer agreements. Significant focus will be given to the new Trans-Atlantic Data Privacy Framework, which is expected to lead to a new Trans-Atlantic agreement addressing the ECJ Schrems II decision; to the Global CBPR Forum developed with APEC and other countries; and to other international efforts such as the Data Free Flow with Trust or the OECD’s work in developing multilateral models for global data flows to create trusted mechanisms and support responsible cross-border data flows across jurisdictions.
In his SOTU address in March 2022, President Biden called for privacy protections for children to be strengthened. While the internet offers children and teenagers a myriad of opportunities for educational, entertainment and social purposes, they have become vulnerable to a range of issues, including but not limited to, privacy infringements, commercial targeting, dark patterns and exposure to harmful content. Since the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which governs the collection of personal information from children under 13 was last updated almost a decade ago, there has been a rapid evolution of data-enabled innovation and business practices changing the way children interact with the online world, leading to recent attempts at modernising, adapting the rules or creating new ones.
This session will explore what would constitute a proportionate response to the ongoing and persistent threats to children’s online privacy, considering the confidentiality and fundamental rights issues at stake, while ensuring the quality and variety of online products and services for children, tweens and teens. It will also debate the extent to which rules governing children’s privacy online could inform a future overall Federal Privacy framework.
While access to data and ‘electronic evidence’ is deemed vital to facilitate the efficient detection and investigation of crimes and illegal activities as well as the prosecution of offenders, strong data protection safeguards in the context of law enforcement are however equally crucial to guarantee respect for the rule of law, privacy, civil liberties and to ensure citizens’ trust. This session will debate how the right balance can be found between the need for law enforcement authorities to access electronic data to investigate crimes and protect national security with the need to protect citizens’ privacy, civil liberties, and fundamental rights against abuses.
In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade reversal and as most digital products have become tracking devices storing information about our movements, searches and communications data that can serve as evidence, it will discuss how important it is for legislators to factor data privacy concerns post-Roe into negotiations over the ADPPA and other proposed federal privacy bills. It will examine the opportunities and challenges brought by the uses of intelligent tech, such as Artificial Intelligence, biometric data and location tracking, for the detection and investigation of illegal activities. Speakers will examine best practices that have been identified for the promotion of privacy protection and transparency in connection with law enforcement activities and will debate the encryption conundrum. They will also explore how cooperation between law enforcement agencies, the judiciary, tech organizations and other stakeholders can concretely be enhanced, both at US level and with international partners, while supporting individuals’ fundamental rights.
By creating an immersive digital universe where users can socialize, undertake collaborative work, shop, travel and attend cultural activities, the metaverse has the potential to unleash an exciting and inclusive new world of enriching experiences and innovative business opportunities. Combining virtual elements with physical space in real time and powered by data-intensive technologies, this hybrid reality can be highly personalized. Cameras, sensors, biometric and haptic technologies in combination with the use of AI will vastly increase the amount of data collected and used to monitor habits, preferences and even physiological responses allowing organizations to gain deeper insights and understanding of users’ behaviors to tailor experiences and products in an extraordinarily targeted way. The concept of data privacy in this hybrid context takes on another dimension with many questions regarding this continuous, in-real time data-collection arising.
This session will analyze the security risks and privacy concerns that are expected to be amplified in the metaverse, and how these concerns are being addressed by or diverge from existing policy and regulations about data and consumer protection. It will also ask how this emerging technology could impact our social and legal understandings of privacy and alter the concept of a ‘Redefining Reasonable Expectations of Privacy’ which is tied to Fourth Amendment protections in the US. Comparing the centralized and decentralized metaverses, it will explore the benefits and risks associated with each model and will consider what privacy might look like in either case. Finally, the discussion will focus on the role of self-regulation, collaboration and standard-setting activities to address privacy issues before the adoption of the technology by individuals, businesses and government becomes more widespread.
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National Press Club
529 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20045
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Effective March 1st, 2022, the National Press Club updated their mask policy from “Masks Required” to “Masks Recommended”.
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