Will Host National Privacy Summit and Congressional Fly-In on March 24
Washington, D.C., January 28, 2020 – As we recognize Data Privacy Day, Americans’ privacy online has become an urgent topic of news coverage and conversation across the country. Data Privacy Day helps raise consumer awareness about privacy and promotes best practices for consumers and businesses engaged in data collection and use.
The responsible use of data has been an essential component of American innovation, delivering enormous benefits to consumers, communities, and the economy. Yet Americans across the country are increasingly concerned about the risks of having their data misused and are frustrated by having to click on endless privacy notices.
In Washington, our lawmakers have taken note. Over the last year, we’ve seen several bills introduced by legislators in both chambers and on both sides of the aisle, running the gamut from targeted fixes to comprehensive reforms. Privacy for America, a coalition of top trade organizations and companies representing a broad cross-section of the American economy, believes that federal data privacy legislation must be comprehensive, and it must establish greater protections for consumers, clear rules of the road for businesses, and a strong enforcement mandate and enhanced capabilities for the Federal Trade Commission.
Now is the time to enact national privacy legislation. As part of our push to support enactment of federal legislation, Privacy for America will host a national privacy summit and Congressional fly-in on March 24 to advance the debate and help lawmakers build consensus on a data privacy bill that can pass Congress. Through this conversation and others, we’ll continue to beat the drum for legislation that provides real consumer protections while still allowing for the reasonable use of data that both benefits consumers and allows businesses to compete in a modern economy.
About Data Privacy Day
Led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January 2008 as an extension of Data Protection Day in Europe. Observed annually on January 28, Data Protection Day commemorates the January 28, 1981 signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection.