Apr 11, 2024

Ashkan Soltani (MIMS ’09) Reflects on New Bipartisan Privacy Bill

From Washington Post

Privacy talks are heating up in Congress. Here’s what to watch for.

By Cristiano Lima-Strong

Congressional negotiations over data privacy and children’s online safety took a notable step forward this week as House and Senate leaders unveiled bipartisan proposals and started ramping up their consideration of the measures.

Most notably, Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) struck a deal on a comprehensive privacy bill, and House lawmakers unveiled a companion to the Kids Online Safety Act, raising the prospects that both could still move this Congress...

Ashkan Soltani, executive director of the California Privacy Protection Agency, said in an email that the new bill “seeks to remove the CPPA’s authority and replace it with a federal structure, thus compromising the CPPA’s unique ability to protect California consumers.”  It would “limit CPPA’s broad rulemaking authority” and omit other “key protections,” he added...


Ashkan Soltani (MIMS 2009) has previously served a brief stint as a Senior Advisor to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and as the Chief Technologist for the Federal Trade Commission.

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May 10, 2024