The Data Privacy Summit brought together experts to map out the current landscape for privacy and data in the United States, and to chart a path forward for a user-centered data protection framework.

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The topic of privacy is more prominent than ever. From the scandals around Facebook and Cambridge Analytica to the passage and implementation of data protection laws in Europe, Brazil, California, and around the world, people are discussing the benefits and challenges that come with increased collection and use of data. But we don’t yet know how the U.S. government is going to respond.

The Data Privacy Summit was a full-day event at the Eaton Hotel (1201 K Street NW) in Washington, D.C. to examine the contours of the data ecosystem in the United States and the need for a legislative response. This event brought together privacy experts across different fields for an interactive dialogue to map the current data privacy debate, identify where consensus exists, and narrow existing questions where more clarity is needed, all toward the ultimate goal of achieving a comprehensive, rights-respecting data protection framework in the United States.

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Agenda

March 27, 2019, Washington, D.C.


🕗 8:00 a.m. Light Breakfast, Coffee, and Registration

🕗 8:15-8:25 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

Drew Mitnick (Policy Counsel, Access Now), Brett Solomon (Executive Director, Access Now), Amie Stepanovich (U.S. Policy Manager, Access Now)

🕣 8:25-9:35 a.m. The History and Foundations of Data Privacy

Moderator: Meg Leta Jones (Assistant Professor, Georgetown University)
Speakers: Susan Lyon Hintze (Founder and Managing Partner, Hintze Law), Jasmine McNealy (Assistant Professor, College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida), Harriet Pearson (Partner, Hogan Lovells), Jules Polonetsky (CEO, Future of Privacy Forum)

Few realize that the U.S. was once a global leader on privacy. As we kick off the day, participants will introduce short narratives on key data privacy landmarks in the United States and how privacy conversations have evolved. Experts will explore this progression, including passage of important legislation to regulatory actions, to show shifts in approach and understanding and explain where we are today.

🕤9:35-9:50 a.m. The European Approach to Data Protection and Privacy

Estelle Masse (Senior Policy Analyst and Global Data Protection Lead, Access Now)

🕙 10:00-11:10 a.m. Mapping the Online Data Ecosystem

Moderator: Andrea Peterson (Investigator, Project on Government Oversight)
Speakers: Afua Bruce (Director of Technology, New America's Public Interest Technology program), Lea Kissner (Chief Privacy Officer, Humu), Stephanie Nguyen (Designer + Researcher, Fellow, Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School), Maurice Turner (Senior Technologist, Center for Democracy and Technology)

There remains little transparency to the public on how data is collected and used online. Privacy policies are long and arduous, and data brokers and ad networks frequently pop up in the background of websites to collect massive amounts of data. And to make matters more difficult, smartphone apps constantly ask for permission to use cameras and microphones or access location information, and the number and reach of IoT devices expands constantly. Speakers will discuss how the data ecosystem works and who is involved, charting the ways data is collected, analyzed, used, and transferred.

🕚 11:10-11:25 a.m. The Nexus of Security and Privacy

Andrea Limbago (Chief Social Scientist, Virtru)

🕦 11:25-11:55 a.m. Keynote: Malka Older

Author (the Centenal Cycle); Aid Worker; Phd Candidate

🕛11:55 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Lunch Break

🕧 12:15-12:45 p.m. Keynote: Congressman Ted Lieu

Representing the 33rd District of California

🕐 1:00-2:10 p.m. Federal Preemption v. State Innovation

Moderator: Peter Swire (Holder Chair of Law & Ethics, Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business; Senior Counsel, Alston & Bird LLP)
Speakers: Ian Adams (AVP of Government Affairs, R Street Institute), Ariel Fox Johnson (Senior Counsel, Policy & Privacy, Common Sense Media), Katie McInnis (Policy Counsel, Consumer Reports), Kate Tummarello (Policy Analyst, Engine)

As stakeholders have started to coalesce around the idea that the U.S. should pursue federal data privacy legislation, one debate has stood out: should a federal law trump all other proposals or should states be allowed to continue to legislate new protections? On one side parties point to the difficulty of a patchwork system of laws, while others point to the need for a flexible approach. Using themes identified during the morning sessions, this debate will consider the benefits and issues involved with federal preemption.

🕑 2:10-2:25 p.m. How to Address Online Civil Rights and Data Discrimination

David Brody (Counsel & Senior Fellow for Privacy and Technology, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law), Gaurav Laroia (Policy Counsel, Free Press)

🕝 2:35-2:50 p.m. Privacy = Safety for Survivors of Abuse & Assault

Cindy Southworth (Executive Vice President, National Network to End Domestic Violence)

🕒 2:50-4:00 p.m. Can data privacy save us? Challenges and opportunities in legislation

Moderator: Cameron Kerry (Ann R. and Andrew H. Tisch Distinguished Visiting Fellow - Governance Studies, Center for Technology Innovation, the Brookings Institution)
Speakers: Kendall C. Burman (Cybersecurity & Data Privacy counsel, Mayer Brown), Ted Dean (Head of Public Policy, Dropbox), Marshall Erwin (Senior Director of Trust & Security, Mozilla Corporation), Francella Ochillo (Vice President of Policy & General Counsel, National Hispanic Media Coalition)

The United States has no baseline federal data privacy legislation. While some may see this as a benefit for innovation, the lack of rules is also likely to have facilitated data abuse and manipulation. How can data privacy legislation better protect against these bad behaviors without devolving into a bureaucratic compliance-based system? In this session speakers will be asked to consider previously-submitted audience scenarios and identify what issues are being raised and how legislative, regulatory, or other approaches could respond.

🕓4:00-4:30 p.m. Keynote: Commissioner Rohit Chopra

Federal Trade Commission
In conversation with Amie Stepanovich (U.S. Policy Manager, Access Now)
CLOSING REMARKS: Drew Mitnick (Policy Counsel, Access Now)

🕟4:30-6:00 p.m. Reception

Keynote Speakers

Rohit Chopra [+]

Commissioner
Federal Trade Commission

Ted Lieu [+]

Congressman Representing the 33rd District of California

Malka Older [+]

Author (the Centenal Cycle); Aid Worker; Phd Candidate

Speakers

Ian Adams [+]

VP of Policy,
TechFreedom

David Brody [+]

Counsel & Senior Fellow for Privacy and Technology, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Afua Bruce [+]

Director of Technology,
New America's Public Interest Technology program

Ted Dean [+]

Head of Public Policy,
Dropbox

Kendall C. Burman [+]

Cybersecurity & Data Privacy counsel,
Mayer Brown

Marshall Erwin [+]

Senior Director of Trust & Security,
Mozilla Corporation

Ariel Fox Johnson [+]

Senior Counsel, Policy & Privacy,
Common Sense Media

Cameron Kerry[+]

Ann R. and Andrew H. Tisch Distinguished Visiting Fellow - Governance Studies, Center for Technology Innovation, the Brookings Institution

Meg Leta Jones [+]

Assistant Professor,
Georgetown University

Lea Kissner [+]

Chief Privacy Officer,
Humu

Estelle Massé [+]

Senior Policy Analyst and Global Data Protection Lead, Access Now

Gaurav Laroia [+]

Policy Cousel,
Free Press

Jasmine McNealy [+]

Assistant Professor, College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida

Drew Mitnik [+]

Policy Counsel,
Access Now

Andrea Limbago [+]

Chief Social Scientist,
Virtru

Susan Lyon-Hintze [+]

Founder and Managing Partner,
Hintze Law

Katie McInnis[+]

Policy Counsel
Consumer Reports

Stephanie Nguyen [+]

Designer + Researcher; Fellow, Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School

Francella Ochillo [+]

Vice President of Policy & General Counsel, National Hispanic Media Coallition

Harriet Pearson [+]

Partner,
Hogan Lovells

Andrea Peterson [+]

Investigator,
Project on Government Oversight

Jules Polonetsky [+]

CEO,
Future of Privacy Forum

Brett Solomon [+]

Executive Director,
Access Now

Amie Stepanovich [+]

U.S. Policy Manager,
Access Now

Kate Tummarello [+]

Policy Manager
Engine

Cindy Southworth [+]

Executive Vice President, U.S. National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV)

Peter Swire [+]

Holder Chair of Law & Ethics, Georgia Tech College of Business & Senior Consel, Alston & Bird LLP

Maurice Turner [+]

Senior Technologiest, Center for Democracy & Technology

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