Which National Privacy Strategy Should the US adopt?


The discussion around privacy legislation in the United States includes advocates and arguments for everything from a comprehensive privacy framework at the Federal level to deferral to the States to adhering to a sectoral approach. All this comes at a time when Internet platforms have come under fire for their use of data even while Internet platforms continue to innovate and grow. As we get closer than ever to a national privacy regime, this panel will have the opportunity to discuss important implications of possible frameworks on the broader issue of data governance and impact on businesses large and small.

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Christine S. Wilson

Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission

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Christine S. Wilson was sworn in on September 26, 2018 as a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission. President Donald J. Trump named Wilson to a term that expires on Sept. 25, 2025. Wilson previously served at the FTC as Chairman Tim Muris’ Chief of Staff during the George W. Bush Administration, and as a law clerk in the Bureau of Competition while attending Georgetown University Law Center. In between her periods of service at the FTC, Wilson has practiced competition and consumer protection law both at law firms and as in-house counsel. When nominated, Wilson was serving as Senior Vice President — Legal, Regulatory & International for Delta Air Lines. Prior to joining Delta, Wilson was a member of the Washington DC antitrust practice groups of Kirkland & Ellis LLP and O’Melveny & Myers LLP. Early in her career, Wilson worked with former Assistant Attorney General James F. Rill at Collier Shannon Rill & Scott on a variety of competition law and policy initiatives, including the final report of the International Competition Policy Advisory Committee commissioned by Attorney General Janet Reno. Wilson graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Florida. Wilson lives in Virginia with her husband Ramsey, with whom she has two daughters.


Dan Caprio

Co-Founder, The Providence Group

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Dan Caprio, Co-founder and Executive Chairman, is an internationally recognized expert on privacy and cybersecurity. He has served as the Chief Privacy Officer and Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Commerce Department, a transatlantic subject matter expert for the European Commission’s Internet of Things formal expert group, a Chief of Staff for a Federal Trade Commission Commissioner and a member of the Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. In 2002, Dan was a representative for the United States delegation revising the OECD Security Guidelines that formed the basis for the first White House Strategy to Secure Cyberspace.


Jeff Brueggeman

Vice President, Global Public Policy, AT&T

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Jeff Brueggeman is Vice President-Global Public Policy for AT&T, responsible for developing and advocating AT&T’s global public policy positions on privacy, cybersecurity and internet policy issues. In addition, he leads AT&T’s engagement with various privacy and internet policy organizations. Mr Brueggeman supports AT&T’s business in the operation of its global network and development of emerging technologies, including Internet of Things and cloud computing services. Prior to assuming his current rule, Mr Brueggeman helped manage AT&T’s privacy policies and coordinate the implementation of data privacy and security programmes across the company. He has participated extensively in international internet policy events and organizations, and served on the Internet Governance Forum’s Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group. Before joining AT&T in 2001, Mr Brueggeman was an attorney in private practice, specialising in communications law. He holds a JD from the University of Virginia and a BA in Journalism from the University of Minnesota.

Jim Halpert

Partner, DLA Piper

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Jim Halpert advises clients regarding compliance and risk management strategies for transactions relating to transnational, federal and state security and privacy regulations, industry best practices and self-regulatory initiatives, and has represented clients in major security and privacy cases in the federal courts and before the Federal Trade Commission. Jim represents companies on a broad range of data management issues, including cyber and data security, cloud agreements, managing privacy class action risks, trans-national data flows, navigating difficult conflicts between foreign privacy laws and US compliance obligations, regulation of advertising and marketing practices, healthcare and financial privacy, children's and student privacy, privacy regulation of communications media, employee data, due diligence in sales of corporate assets, records management and responses to government surveillance requests. He has extensive experience with European, Asian and Latin American privacy regimes, and regularly leads teams across DLA Piper's global network advising on complex international security and privacy matters.

Michelle Richardson

Director, Privacy & Data Project, CDT

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Michelle Richardson is the Director of the Data and Privacy Project where she leads CDT’s efforts to create a user-centered internet. Her team engages companies and government officials to create policies and technical solutions that protect individual privacy, empower users, and advance social justice. Michelle has testified before Congress, advised government agencies, and frequently appears in national press such as The Washington Post, The New York Times, NPR, and Politico. Recognized by The Hill as one of the most influential nonprofits lobbyists in Washington, she has led left-right coalitions to defend privacy in the face of ever-expanding government authorities. Before joining CDT in 2017, Michelle led the American Civil Liberties Union’s preeminent legislative campaigns against overreaching surveillance programs for 10 years. She also served as a democratic counsel for the House Judiciary Committee where she worked on a range of anti-terrorism laws and policies. She received her B.A. from the University of Colorado and her J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law. She currently serves as a Senior Fellow at George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security.

Gabrielle Rejouis

Law Fellow, Georgetown Center on Privacy and Technology

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Gabrielle Rejouis is a Law Fellow at the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law. She researches data practices' disproportionate harm on marginalized communities and the historic and modern surveillance of low-income and working communities. Gabrielle received her J.D. from Georgetown Law in 2018 with a Certificate in Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies. During law school, she interned at the Federal Communications Commission in the Media Bureau. Gabrielle has a B.A. in history from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where she was an Albert Dorman Honors Scholar.

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