As Vice-Chair of the Access to Information, Privacy, & Ethics Committee, I had a very successful visit to Washington DC, meeting with American representatives, agencies, privacy experts, and businesses to conclude our own committee studies on protecting Canadians’ privacy in the US, and on the regulation of data collection/use by the private sector in Canada.
To go into more detail, our privacy committee attended a congressional hearing on the Equifax data breach, and met with Congressmen from the Digital Commerce subcommittee, with Facebook privacy experts, and with officials from the Federal Trade Commission.
I also had a number of side meetings to maximize my time there. I met with the ACLU, and with privacy and civil liberties officials from The United States Department of Justice, the United States Department of Homeland Security, and the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board to discuss effective oversight of national security agencies.
Finally, I met with Wayne Pacelle, president of The Humane Society of the United States, with Congressman Earl Blumenauer, co-chair of the congressional animal protection caucus, and with The Good Food Institute to discuss animal welfare reform.
At the Equifax hearing with committee colleagues
(left to right: Peter Kent, Bob Zimmer, and Nathan Cullen)
Original Facebook post, with photos and links to the aforementioned organizations and persons.