US Privacy Law: The beginning of a new era


  • Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna


  • Stacey Schesser
  • Lydia Parnes
  • Jared Bomberg
  • Anupam Chander

Organisation: Future of Privacy Forum

Room: Online 3

Timing: 17:15 - 18:30 on 27 January 2021

Privacy is having a constitutional moment in the United States. Scholars agree, lawmakers emulate this moment to pro-pose consequential bills and regulators show increased appetite for enforcing existing laws while preparing for stricter, new rules. The landscape is complex, to say the least. Numerous federal comprehensive privacy bills have been tabled and state initiatives push the debate forward. California, home of Silicon Valley, is leading the charge with the CCPA and its upgraded version, the CPRA. This panel will give you the pulse of how serious the US is getting about privacy law and what the world should expect next.

• What prompted the seismic shift towards privacy protection in the US?
• What are the latest privacy law initiatives at state and federal level?
• How are regulators currently enforcing existing laws and how are they preparing for what is to come?
• Will these developments manage to strengthen the Transatlantic relationship in the digital age?


Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna

Future of Privacy Forum (US)

Dr. Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna is Senior Counsel for the Future of Privacy Forum, a think-tank based in Washington DC, where she leads the work on Global privacy developments and European data protection law and policy. Prior to moving to the US in 2016, she worked for the European Data Protection Supervisor in Brussels. She holds a PhD in law with a thesis on the rights of the data subject from the perspective of their adjudication in civil law and is a co-author of the GDPR Commentary, OUP 2020. Gabriela won the inaugural CPDP Junior Scholar Award (2014).


Stacey Schesser

Office of California Attorney General (US)

Stacey Schesser is the Supervising Deputy Attorney General for the Privacy Unit in the Consumer Protection Section of the Office of the California Attorney General. Her recent matters include People v. Glow, People v. Equifax, and leading the team that drafted regulations for the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). Stacey was recently recognized as one of the Recorder’s “Women Leader in Tech Law” and was the only public sector recipient of this award. Stacey received her J.D. at UC Berkeley’s School of Law, where she wrote on privacy law issues for the California Law Review, and received her B.A. at Douglass College, Rutgers University.

Lydia Parnes

Wilson Sonsini (US)

Lydia Parnes co-chairs the Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice at Wilson Sonsini. The former director of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection, she advises companies of complex privacy and data protection laws and represents them in high-stakes regulatory investigations.

Jared Bomberg

Senior Counsel U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (US)

Anupam Chander

Georgetown University (US)

Anupam Chander is Professor of Law at Georgetown University. The author of The Electronic Silk Road (Yale Univ. Press), he is an expert on the global regulation of new technologies. A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law, he clerked for Chief Judge Jon O. Newman of the 2nd Circuit and Judge William A. Norris of the 9th Circuit. He practiced law in NY and Hong Kong with Cleary, Gottlieb. He has been a visiting professor at Yale, Chicago, Stanford, Cornell, & Tsinghua. A recipient of Google Research Awards and an Andrew Mellon grant on surveillance, he has served as a consultant to the World Bank, World Economic Forum and UNCTAD.