Serious Privacy

One of Us: Notorious RBG plus some hot privacy topics

September 29, 2020 K Royal, Paul Breitbarth of TrustArc Season 1 Episode 34
Serious Privacy
One of Us: Notorious RBG plus some hot privacy topics
Show Notes

If 2020 was not bad enough already, we lost Ruth Bader Ginsburg on September 18, 2020. She was admired by many lawyers and legal scholars, not just in the United States - she was a legal giant, and a great advocate for equality for all. Paul Breitbarth and K Royal discuss the impact Justice Ginsburg had on the legal field and how she inspired respect and devotion.  Our homage goes beyond her legal decisions to remember her as the icon she was, and always will be.

In addition, Paul and K touch on a few topics in privacy law, such as whether the US really will pass a federal privacy law and reconsideration of the actions taken towards Facebook in Ireland  Also, in the US, there is perhaps an overlooked part of US privacy, a final rule published by the Office of the National Coordinator which implements a portion of the 21st Century Cares Act, on Information Blocking - a rule that has quite a bit in common with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation.

Join us as we pay our respects to the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman ever appointed to the US Supreme Court and one who blazed trails for equality in the US, followed by some frank conversation on some current privacy topics.


  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg - picture of her clerks
  • U.S. Federal Privacy Law Hearing 23 September: Revisiting the need for federal data privacy legislation
    • Julie Brill, Maureen Ohlhausen, Jon Leibowitz, William Kovacic (all former FTC) and Xavier Becerra (CA A-G) 
    • Quotes from The Register:
      • Julie Brill argued that not only will a company want to have the option to trade with Europe at some point, but that a stronger and clearer data privacy law across the US would be beneficial: it would enable companies to “engage more respectfully and increase trust in those companies.” It would increase competitiveness.
      • Agreement that a patchwork of state laws needs to be avoided. 
      • Becerra: “Give us a playbook. But don't preempt smart, nimble privacy protections that let states meet the varying challenges coming at us.”
  • WSJ Article: Irish DPC Schrems-II enforcement follow up:
  • The West Wing - S01E09 - clip on YouTube on the SCOTUS privacy discussion (exact quote at 3’32)
  • Nina Totenbe

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