Europe: a Leader in AI Regulation?

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In the past couple of months, EU institutions have taken some preliminary steps to propose a new framework for AI regulation. The idea is to promote innovative AI technologies by creating consumer and societal trust in AI while at the same time preventing potential consumer harms and risks to fundamental human rights. While American leadership chastises any and all regulation for hampering innovation, can Europe gain a competitive edge in AI precisely through sensible AI law? Continue reading “Europe: a Leader in AI Regulation?”

Facial Recognition in 2020

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Matthew Henry

This year, government action on facial recognition is heating up. While most agree that some sort of facial recognition regulation would be better than today’s “anything goes” status quo, the debate rages on between two radically opposed positions: regulate it or ban it altogether?Continue reading “Facial Recognition in 2020”

Second Chance for the Washington Privacy Act?


This week the Washington state legislature reintroduced the Washington Privacy Act (WPA), which failed to pass last year. A lot of the same controversial points remain, so can it pass this year? Will 2020 be the year of proliferating state privacy legislation, especially if no federal statute materializes?Continue reading “Second Chance for the Washington Privacy Act?”

US Federal Privacy Law in 2020?


While there are dozens of proposals in Congress, for the first time we’re seeing a privacy bill that is getting some momentum. In late November 2019, Senator Cantwell (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce Committee introduced the Consumer Online Privacy Rights Act (COPRA). The bill is co-sponsored by Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Ed Markey (D-MA). Three days later Committee Chairman Senator Wicker (R-MS), not to be outdone, released his proposal, the Consumer Data Privacy Act (CDPA). Will the new year bring about a long-overdue US federal privacy law? Continue reading “US Federal Privacy Law in 2020?”

Privacy 2030 in 2020

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The beginning of a new decade is perhaps an opportune time to reflect on the past and plan for the future. A lot has happened in the international privacy community in the last ten years, largely thanks to European leadership. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the hallmark of the 2010s. We look forward to the 2020s with Giovanni Buttarelli’s report Privacy 2030: A New Vision for Europe, which was published posthumously and reflects the former European Data Protection Supervisor’s (EDPS),  vision for the next decade.Continue reading “Privacy 2030 in 2020”

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