Washington, D.C., counsel Katherine E. Armstrong was quoted in a Law360 article titled “Privacy & Cybersecurity Policy To Watch For Rest Of 2018.” The article discussed privacy legislation and key regulations such as the EU-US Privacy Shield and European General Data Protection Regulation that lawyers and the cyber security industry are carefully monitoring.
Katherine, who spent more than three decades of her career working on data broker and big data policy issues at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), noted that each of the four new FTC Commissioners, “All have indicated an interest in technology and to some extent privacy and data security, but the FTC has limited authority because it can’t do rulemaking.”
The FTC is holding a series of public hearings to examine consumer protection laws and policy and enforcement priorities in light of new technology and business practices. Given other recent public statements by FTC commissioners, privacy and data security is expected to be a focal point of the hearings. Katherine noted that, “The hearings beginning this fall will be an opportunity to raise some of these issues against the backdrop of changing privacy norms and consumer expectations.”
Katherine also commented on the new California Consumer Privacy Act, which was the topic of a recent blog post she authored in DBR on Data.