Former US Acting Secretary of Commerce Cameron Kerry, member of the Board of Leaders of Global Alliance for Digital Governance, will congratulate the 2021 World Leader for Peace and Security Award recipient Speaker of Swedish Parliament Andreas Norlén, and present concepts of the Framework for Global Law on AI and Digital on Global Cybersecurity Day December 12.
In June 2020, he published report “Bridging the gaps: A path forward to federal privacy legislation”.
In November 2019, Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) introduced the Consumer Online Privacy Rights Act (COPRA) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) released the draft United States Consumer Data Privacy Act (USCDPA). As we (Kerry) wrote at the time, these two Senate Commerce Committee proposals “frame[d] the issues for this discussion going into the next session of Congress” and introduced clarity to the broader privacy debate. Although COPRA and USCDPA are promisingly similar in many aspects, stakeholders have staked out polar all-or-nothing positions on the two provisions where Wicker and Cantwell are the furthest apart—preemption and the private right of action. As long as these protagonists remain in their own corners, the broader privacy debate will be frozen and federal legislation stalled.
The report, available for download here, seeks to unfreeze the privacy debate by exploring and offering a middle ground. It proposes solutions on preemption and private lawsuits that depart from the maximalist approaches shaping the current debate.