Across the United States, evolving data collection and processing practices are driving digital services and socially beneficial research, but also pose increasing risks to individuals and communities that America’s existing sectoral privacy frameworks are insufficient to govern. In response, leaders in law and policy are considering more comprehensive approaches to privacy regulation, which establish baseline rights and protections for personal data throughout the economy. Years of negotiations in Congress culminated in the introduction of the bipartisan American Data Privacy and Protection Act in 2022; however, its fate remains uncertain. In the absence of federal legislation, five U.S. states—California, Virginia, Colorado, Utah, and Connecticut— enacted comprehensive consumer privacy laws between 2018-2022.
The Future of Privacy Forum provides expert, independent analysis of legislative and regulatory approaches to protecting data privacy interests. FPF does not typically support or oppose particular bills, but instead focuses on analyzing proposals in relation to existing privacy frameworks, sharing information on current data practices and technologies, and ensuring that data governance strategies are future-looking and adaptable.
FPF also engages with the broader privacy community through reports, blog posts, webinars, and educational programs such as the CPRA Law + Tech Series. It is our view that robust and durable policy outcomes can be achieved when all stakeholders are equipped to understand the key technologies, business practices, and legal mechanisms available to regulate privacy and data protection. FPF’s legislation work is led by Keir Lamont, Director.
Since July 2023, eight U.S. states (California, Kansas, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin) and the White House have published executive orders (EOs) to support the responsible and ethical use of artificial intelligence (AI) systems, including generative AI. In response to the evolving AI landscape, these directives signal a growing recognition of the […]
The Biden-Harris AI plan is incredibly comprehensive, with a whole of government approach and with an impact beyond government agencies. Although the executive order focuses on the government’s use of AI, the influence on the private sector will be profound due to the extensive requirements for government vendors, worker surveillance, education and housing priorities, the […]
India’s new Intermediary & Digital Media Rules: Expanding the Boundaries of Executive Power in Digital Regulation
The majority of these provisions were unanticipated, resulting in a raft of petitions filed in High Courts across the country challenging the validity of the various aspects of the Rules, including with regard to their constitutionality.
In legislatures across the United States, state lawmakers are introducing proposals to govern the uses of automated decision-making systems (ADS) in record numbers. In contrast to comprehensive privacy bills that would regulate collection and use of personal information, automated decision-making system (ADS) bills in 2021 specifically seek to address increasing concerns about racial bias or […]
Last week, on April 8, 2021, FPF’s Dr. Sara Jordan testified before the California House Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection on AB-13 (Public contracts: automated decision systems). The legislation passed out of committee (9 Ayes, 0 Noes) and was re-referred to the Committee on Appropriations. The bill would regulate state procurement, use, and development […]
We look forward to working with Microsoft, others in industry, and policymakers to “create policies, processes, and tools” to make responsible use of Facial Recognition technology a reality.