George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School

Is EU Privacy Regulation Being Exported to the US?

Event Details

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  • Venue: JW Marriott
  • Division: Program on Economics and Privacy

The EU and the US have distinct approaches to protecting consumer data, but policies like the GDPR and “The Right to Be Forgotten” do not necessarily stop at the border.  Empirical evidence suggests that EU privacy regulation has reduced investment in EU tech firms.  If EU privacy regulations affect how US companies collect and use consumer data, is there a risk that they also could export any negative economic consequences to the US?  Our panel of leading experts discussed how EU privacy regulation impacts US firms, and what lessons US policymakers should draw from the EU experience.  

Moderator: James C. Cooper, Director, Program on Economics & Privacy and Associate Professor of Law, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School

Lydia B. Parnes, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and former Director, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission
Noah Phillips, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
James M. Sullivan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Services, US Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration