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Summary of October Senate Commerce Hearing on “Examining Safeguards for Consumer Data Privacy”

Summary of Senate Commerce Hearing on “Examining Safeguards for Consumer Data Privacy”

On October 10, 2018, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation convened a hearing entitled, “Consumer Data Privacy: Examining the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation and the California Consumer Privacy Act.” During the hearing, participants discussed potential approaches to federal data privacy, focusing on: (1) provisions of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation and the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018; (2) potential effects of the CCPA and GDPR on consumers and businesses; (3) roles of federal agencies and self-regulation; (4) enforcement; (5) consumer consent; and (6) how to define personal and sensitive information. Participants included Committee members and witnesses: (1) Andrea Jelinek, Chair, European Data Protection Board; (2) Alastair Mactaggart, Board Chair, Californians for Consumer Privacy; (3) Laura Moy, Executive Director and Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown Law Center on Privacy & Technology; and (4) Nuala O’Connor, President and CEO, Center for Democracy & Technology.

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