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A potential move on privacy laws from the Biden administration

And talking privacy – a first move from the Biden administration.    The National Telecommunication and Information Administration, the telecom unit of the Commerce Department, plans to hold “listening sessions” and seek comment on the intersection of privacy, equity, and civil rights, according to an agency notice.  NTIA intends to develop a report on the “ways in which commercial data flows of personal information can lead to disparate impact and outcomes for marginalized or disadvantaged communities.”

Those sessions would be in mid-December.

Why do we care?

I’m skeptical of Congress passing a national privacy law in the US, despite believing it would be great for the technology industry and individuals.     That said, monitoring any signs of life matters.    A single national privacy law would simplify providers’ lives, potentially removing industry-specific issues as well as state-specific differences.