Axios first reported that the National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA) will host a series of open “listening session” meetings December 14-16th, 2021 to discuss “issues and potential solutions at the intersection of privacy, equity, and civil rights.” The document says the “sessions will help to provide the data for a report on the ways in which commercial data flows of personal information can lead to disparate impact and outcomes for marginalized or disadvantaged communities.”2021-25999
NTIA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce that advises the President on telecommunications policies and regulation. The sessions are another indication that the Biden administration intends to propose new privacy regulations. President Biden’s nominee to lead NTIA– Alan Davidson, currently Vice President of Global Policy, Trust and Security at the Mozilla Foundation– has indicated privacy should be a key issue for the agency. He will testify in confirmation hearings before the Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday, along with other nominees.
Justin Hendrix is CEO and Editor of Tech Policy Press, a new nonprofit media venture concerned with the intersection of technology and democracy. Previously, he was Executive Director of NYC Media Lab. He spent over a decade at The Economist in roles including Vice President, Business Development & Innovation. He is an associate research scientist and adjunct professor at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Opinions expressed here are his own.