Last week, RILA's Privacy Leaders Council (PLC), comprised of privacy and general counsel executives representing a wide variety of RILA member companies, convened in Washington, D.C. for its annual in-person meeting. The meeting drew a record attendance of more than 35 individuals representing 18 member companies.
The day began with a design thinking exercise that challenged attendees to think of new and innovative ways to facilitate consumer choice in the use of in-store technologies, which was followed by a brief FTC update from Dan Kaufman, who serves as the Deputy Director of the Bureau of Consumer of Protection at the FTC. The morning session concluded with a privacy advocacy discussion featuring John Verdi from Future of Privacy Forums and Katie McInnis from Consumers Union regarding Consumers Union's Digital Standard, a project designed to educate and empower consumers to make smarter choices about the Internet-connected products they buy.
Mike Bloomquist, Deputy Staff Director of the House Energy and Commerce Committee kicked off the afternoon session providing the group with insight to the potential legislation that could be taken up by the Committee this year.
The group then proceeded to engage in a robust, peer-to-peer benchmarking discussion in which members posed their company-specific privacy challenges to the group. The meeting concluded with an hour-long presentation from the Hunton & Williams privacy team regarding the future of the EU General Data Protection Regulation and the effects it could have upon the U.S. retail industry. It should also be noted that the group was introduced to RILA's (R)Tech Center for Innovation and learned about how the PLC will be folded into this larger campaign moving forward.
If you have any questions about this meeting or want to learn more about RILA's community of privacy and general counsel executives, please contact Nicholas Ahrens, vice president of privacy & cybersecurity, at firstname.lastname@example.org.