For the 12th year, the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) hosted its Privacy Papers for Policymakers event, honoring the 2021 Privacy Papers for Policymakers Award winners. This year’s event featured an opening keynote by Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser and facilitated discussions between the winning authors – Daniel Solove, Ben Green, Woody Hartzog, Neil Richards, Joris van Hoboken, Ronan Ó Fathaigh, Jie Wang, Shikun Zhang, and Norman Sadeh – and leaders from the academic, industry, and policy landscape, including Maneesha Mithal, Sarah Holland, Travis Hall, Quentin Palfrey, Dr. Clarisse Girot, and John Howard, Ph.D.
In his keynote, AG Weiser outlined his approach for fostering conversations in the privacy space that bring together policymakers and academics while ensuring the integrity of the discussions, an approach Weiser called the “true north” of his career. Weiser spoke to the lack of dialogue within Congress and offered examples of how his home state of Colorado has facilitated productive conversations at the state level around data privacy. Weiser pointed to the recently passed Colorado Privacy Act as a testament to how bipartisanship is “still alive and well at the state level.”
AG Weiser stated that states considering privacy legislation must bring together “those who are practicing on the ground as well as those who are very gifted scholars.” With so many entities in the field, it is challenging to utilize a one size fits all solution or approach. Weiser noted, “we want to create a regulatory regime that is adaptable, and that can both