Privacy featured in State of the Union Address + previews & reactions

07/02/2023 | The White House

PREVIEW: 020223 -  Ahead of President Joe Biden's 2023 State of the Union Address, an article for The Brookings Institution claims the speech is the ideal opportunity to showcase potential comprehensive federal privacy legislation. Raising the prospect of passing privacy legislation before the US Congress would be a "small, logical, and concrete step for Biden to reiterate his support", particularly for the proposed American Data Privacy and Protection Act. It wouldn't be the first time Biden mentioned privacy in the address after he called for children's privacy in his 2022 address.

PREVIEW: 060223 - The Washington Post reports President Biden will call for tougher regulations of the technology sector and more robust privacy protections for US citizens in Tuesday's State of the Union address.  

State of the Union Address: 070223 - The White House has published a fact sheet outlining President Biden's vision for the year ahead. This includes protecting children's safety online, as well as the need to strengthen data privacy for US citizens. On algorithms and advertising, President Biden expresses the need for greater transparency over how companies use personal data and for bipartisan support to place strong limits on targeted advertising and an outright ban on personalised ads targeting children. 

REACTION: 070223 - Jules Polonetsky, CEO, Future of Privacy Forum, posted a statement supporting the "recognition of the Biden Administration's efforts to support comprehensive privacy protections at this critical juncture." At a time when countries around the world are implementing strong privacy laws, it's important the US doesn't get left behind. 

REACTION: 080223 - The IAPP takes a look at the history of the address and what it may tell us about the prospect of federal privacy legislation in the United States.

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