Last week, IAPP held its first in-person annual Global Privacy Summit in Washington, DC since 2019! Through expert panels and our expo booth, FPF remained active during this two-day conference, with our CEO Jules Polonetsky holding a conversation with FTC Commissioner Noah Phillips, our data privacy experts speaking and providing their expert analysis at the FPF booth.
New Chair, New Agenda: The FTC’s Priorities and Identity Under New Leadership
In a riveting conversation with Commissioner Phillips, Jules discussed various topics that are relevant to the current data protection space. They discussed the relationship between privacy and competition, the FTC’s authority when health data breaches occur, and whether the FTC has the ability to modernize and govern civil rights. But, perhaps the topic that attendees were most interested in was federal privacy legislation and the FTC’s new privacy agenda.
“There is a need for a federal privacy law. We have a proliferation of state laws, making it hard for business, and consumers too. The right place for this debate is not within the FTC, but Congress.”
– Noah Phillips, Commissioner, FTC
On the topic of federal privacy legislation, Commissioner Phillips noted there is a lack of agreement on what privacy means, with people having different ideas on what the problem is, and therefore, varying ideas of what those solutions should be, leading to huge trade-offs.
On the Commission’s new privacy agenda, the two discussed competition, limits on FTC’s authority, and more. Ending the session, Commissioner Phillips discussed the future of