The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a D.C.-based think tank, is hosting a debate to analyze US data protection policy. Specifically, the conversation will focus on whether the country should adopt measures similar to the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, which went into effect in the EU this year.
According to ITIF, a number of privacy advocates have called on the US to follow in the EU´s footsteps and pass its own comprehensive data protection legislation that meets or exceeds the standards laid out by the GDPR. Opponents maintain that such regulations would create significant economic costs to companies and damage the consumer experience online.
It´s clear that in the coming months, the debate over data protection and privacy legislation will only intensify. The Trump administration is expected to review technology and cybersecurity policy at the beginning of September.
The event will include expert panelists from Axios, the Consumer Privacy and Technology Policy Consumer´s Union, ITIF, the American Action Forum and Access Now.
It will take place on Sept. 25, 2018 at the ITIF offices in Washington, D.C. You can get more information and register for the event here. The conference will also be live streamed.