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Will the Stars Finally Align for a Federal Privacy Law?


As the collection, use and sharing of personal data grows, and consumers and businesses are increasingly required to navigate a tangled web of confusing data privacy regulations from various levels of government, there has been a clamor for Congress to enact comprehensive federal privacy legislation that will give consumers more rights and the FTC increased powers. Federal privacy and data security legislation is viewed by many as inevitable, though recent attempts have once again stalled in the face of COVID-19 challenges and election uncertainties. Various proposals for privacy legislation have many similarities to CCPA, which is currently the de facto national standard, including obligations about mapping data and giving consumers rights that cover how companies may use and share customer and employee data. But what type of law would Congress actually pass, and will state laws like CCPA survive a federal law?

Baker Botts' Partner, Maureen Ohlhausen, joins fellow panelists to discuss what may be to come.


  • Cameron Kerry, Tisch Distinguished Visiting Fellow, The Brookings Institute
  • Maureen Ohlhausen, Former Acting Chairman, Federal Trade Commission; Partner, Baker Botts
  • Michelle Richardson, Director, Privacy and Data Project, Center for Democracy and Technology
  • Christine Wilson, Commissioner, U.S. Federal Trade Commission

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