Should the USA Opt-In to Europe’s Privacy Regime?

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How would things change for US consumers and business if the USA adopted Europe’s approach to online privacy?

Experts consider what it would be like for stakeholders if the USA adopted Europe’s online privacy approach: Right to be Forgotten, GDPR, Opt-In for targeted advertising, and expected EU ePrivacy Regulation.

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Should the USA Opt-In to Europe’s privacy regime?

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Commissioner Noah J. Phillips

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

Following his nomination by President Donald J. Trump and unanimous confirmation by the United States Senate, Noah Joshua Phillips was sworn in as a Commissioner on the Federal Trade Commission on May 2, 2018.

Before coming to the FTC, Phillips served as Chief Counsel to U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, of Texas, on the Senate Judiciary Committee. From 2011 to 2018, he advised Senator Cornyn on legal and policy matters including antitrust, constitutional law, consumer privacy, fraud, and intellectual property.

Prior to his Senate service, Phillips worked as a litigator at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, in New York City, and Steptoe & Johnson LLP, in Washington, D.C. Phillips began his career at Wasserstein Perella & Co., an investment bank in New York City.

Phillips received his A.B. from Dartmouth College and his J.D. from Stanford Law School.


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Steve DelBianco


As executive director of NetChoice, Steve DelBianco helps members to define and execute the tech agenda under the NetChoice mission: making the Internet safe for free enterprise and free expression.

Steve is an expert on Internet governance, online consumer protection, and Internet taxation, and has given testimony in 26 Congressional hearings and in more than one hundred state legislative hearings.

Steve is frequently quoted on technology issues in the media, including a segment on "60 Minutes" exposing barriers to innovation in residential real estate. Steve debated online taxes on CNN Situation Room, CNBC Larry Kudlow, PBS Nightly Business Report, CBS This Morning, and Marketplace Radio.

Steve is the elected policy chair for the ICANN Business Constituency. He’s participated in all meetings of the UN’s Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and is a lead organizer at the IGF-USA.

Before NetChoice, Steve was founder and president of Financial Dynamics, an IT consulting firm that he built to over $20 million in revenue by 1997, when it was acquired by a national firm. Steve holds degrees in Engineering and in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from the Wharton School.
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Leigh Freund

Network Advertising Initaitve

As President & CEO of NAI, Leigh Freund leads the organization’s growth and helps set the agenda and strategic priorities. Leigh joined NAI in 2015 after an eleven-year career at AOL Inc., where she served as vice president & chief counsel for global public policy.

Leigh brings more than a decade of substantive expertise in privacy, advertising, and public policy in the digital sector to her work at NAI. She has first-hand knowledge of the tremendous contributions third parties have made in the digital advertising space and she is a passionate believer in strong self-regulation.

During her time at AOL, Leigh led the company’s public policy efforts and was a leading voice on global digital and technology policy. Prior to that role, Leigh headed up the AOL advertising legal team and worked with AOL’s privacy team to promote and develop responsible use and collection of data, and ensure compliance with the industry's self-regulatory programs.

Before joining AOL in 2004, Leigh worked at K&L Gates and on Capitol Hill with Rep. Fred Upton from her home state of Michigan.

Leigh holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Kalamazoo College and a J.D. from Georgetown University. She is an active participant in several industry organizations devoted to compliance with key regulatory initiatives and principles, including the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA).

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Joe Jerome

Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT)

Joseph Jerome, CIPP/US, is Policy Counsel for the Privacy & Data Project at the Center for Democracy & Technology. His work focuses on the legal and ethical questions posed by smart technologies and artificial intelligence, and he is interested in promoting better transparency and user control mechanisms around novel uses of information across the Internet of Things.

Prior to joining CDT, Joseph was an associate in the cybersecurity and privacy practice at WilmerHale and worked on a wide range of consumer privacy issues at the Future of Privacy Forum. He has written articles on the privacy implications of big data, trust challenges in the online sharing economy, and emerging technologies in video games.

Joseph has a J.D. from the New York University School of Law, where he was an International Law and Human Rights Student Fellow, and a B.A. from Boston University.
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Amie Stepanovich

Access Now

Amie Stepanovich works to ensure that laws and policies on surveillance and cybersecurity recognize and respect human rights. At Access Now, Amie manages and develops the organization's U.S. policy and leads global projects at the intersection of human rights and government surveillance.

Previously, Amie was the Director of the Domestic Surveillance Project at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, where she testified in hearings in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, as well as in State legislatures.

Amie is a board member of the Internet Education Foundation. She was a liaison to the American Bar Association's Cybersecurity Working Group and co-chaired the 2014 Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference. Amie was named as a Privacy Ambassador by the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada and was recognized in 2014 as one of Forbes magazine’s 30 under 30 leaders in Law and Policy.

She has a J.D. from New York Law School, and a B.S. from the Florida State University.
@astepanovich     -    LinkedIn

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Berin Szoka


Berin Szoka is the President of TechFreedom.

Previously, he was a Senior Fellow and the Director of the Center for Internet Freedom at The Progress & Freedom Foundation.

Before joining PFF, he was an Associate in the Communications Practice Group at Latham & Watkins LLP, where he advised clients on regulations affecting the Internet and telecommunications industries. Before joining Latham's Communications Practice Group, Szoka practiced at Lawler Metzger Milkman & Keeney, LLC, a boutique telecommunications law firm in Washington, and clerked for the Hon. H. Dale Cook, Senior U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma.

Szoka received his Bachelor's degree in economics from Duke University and his juris doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as Submissions Editor of the Virginia Journal of Law and Technology. He is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and California (inactive).
@BerinSzoka     -    LinkedIn