U.S. National Privacy Legislation Podcast
Will the United States, the largest economy in the world, enact national privacy and data protection legislation? Or will privacy regulation be left to the 50 states and other countries. The borderless nature of the Internet seems to call for a uniform legislation, but enactment is uncertain. This series of podcasts will explore:
What would national legislation look like? On what principles would it be based?
What are the arguments for and against a preemptive national standard?
What Federal agency or agencies should be charged with implementing a national privacy law?
What role would be left to the states if a national policy were to be adopted?
How is Congressional debate likely to unfold?
What role will the Executive Branch play in this debate?
Will the United States, where the digital economy was born, cede leadership on data protection regulation to other countries?
How would a US national privacy law relate to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?
What domestic and international competitive issues are in play?
Jerry Buckley, a founding partner of the national financial services law firm, Buckley LLP, and Jody Westby, a prominent consultant on data security, will interview a wide range of privacy policy players: legal experts, consumer privacy advocates, business representatives, academics and state and federal officials.
Data is the lifeblood of our economy and the economic competitiveness issues, domestically and internationally, loom large in this debate, The objective of these podcasts is to hear all points of view on what promises to be one of the most momentous public policy debates of the next decade.


Jerry Buckley
Founder of Buckley LLP, a national financial services law firm based in Washington. Described by Chambers as “a recognized dean of the consumer financial services bar”, Jerry serves as counsel to the Financial Services Trade Associations Data Protection Working Group. Prior to entering private practice, he served as Minority Staff Director of the US Senate Banking Committee.
Jody Westby
CEO of Global Cyber Risk and also serves as Adjunct Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Computer Science. Ms. Westby chairs the American Bar Association’s Privacy & Computer Crime Committee, is co-chair of the ABA’s Cybercrime Committee, and is an appointed member to the ABA President’s Cybersecurity Task Force. She is a professional blogger for Forbes and authors a regular column on cybersecurity issues for Leader’s Edge magazine. Ms. Westby is the author of several books and articles on cybersecurity, cyber conflict, and enterprise security programs.
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