Hartford Office Managing Partner Ted Augustinos, a member of the steering committee of Locke Lord’s Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice Group, was quoted in a Consumer Electronics Daily article on the refiling of the Information Transparency and Personal Data Control Act (HR-2013), a preemptive national law that would give the FTC targeted rulemaking authority and the ability to fine on first offenses. Augustinos noted that a Democratic-controlled House and split Senate “probably increases the chances of a federal privacy law over the next couple of years.” However, he also noted that “This won’t be a first hundred days kind of thing. But I would expect it fairly high on the radar.”
Augustinos added, the business community will push hard to replace a patchwork of developing state privacy laws and consumer advocates are equally motivated.
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