We live in a world where increasingly everything we do is observable and recordable. Does this mean the end of privacy? Or is there a way to protect privacy, and the liberty it enables, while also promoting technological innovation?
Justin Brookman, CDT’s Director of Privacy, recently testified on existing threats to privacy and the need for baseline privacy legislation in the U.S. Speaking before the Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, Brookman's testimony offered context for the recent focus on privacy by Congress, the White House, and the FTC.
Without a framework in place to assure consumers of limitations on the collection and retention of the minutiae of our lives by unknowing parties, any sense of personal privacy may evaporate. We may lose the ability to do even the smallest things unnoticed — from reading newspapers, to going for a drive, to talking to friends, reading books, watching TV, purchasing gifts, or walking down the street.
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