George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School

Webinar: 2023 Privacy Update: FTC, Congress, and the States


2023 is turning out to be an eventful year for privacy policy.  The FTC has proposed modifications to its Facebook order that would keep Facebook from monetizing data from minors, and has flexed its enforcement powers through a broad interpretation of its Health Breach Notification Rule—one that it now wants to codify.  At the same time, a federal judge dismissed the Commission’s case against Kochava for failure to sufficiently allege consumer harm, and the Supreme Court dealt it another blow to the FTC in Axon, which is likely to spur additional challenges to the constitutionality of the FTC and its (recently amended) administrative adjudication procedures.   All the while, Congress continues to consider various privacy bills, with the American Data Privacy and Protection Act (ADPPA) appearing to gain the most traction.  And states are jumping in to fill the void left by congressional inaction with their own privacy laws, as well as laws directed at social media platforms.

Adam Kovacevich, Founder, CEO, Chamber of Progress
Maneesha Mithal, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Andrew Stivers, Director, NERA Economic Consulting
Moderated by:
James C. Cooper, Professor of Law; Director, Program on Economics & Privacy, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School

Teacher Training on Student Privacy and EdTech

The panel discussed teacher training on edtech use and student privacy and the findings from James Cooper’s report “Elementary School Teacher Use of EdTech.”

This co-sponsored webinar with the Future of Privacy Forum was held on Friday, October 2 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM EDT and featured:

James Cooper, Associate Professor of Law; Director, Program on Economics & Privacy, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School

Kerry Gallagher, Assistant Principal for Teaching & Learning, St. John’s Prep; Director of K-12 Education,

Lorrie Owens, Chief Technology Officer, San Mateo County Office of Education

Amelia Vance, Director of Youth and Education Privacy, Future of Privacy Forum

Please click here to read a copy of James Cooper’s report, or here to view the online booklet.

Click here to read the Executive Summary of the report, and click here to watch a full recording of the event!

Webinar on Privacy, Antitrust, and Big Tech

Large tech platforms are in the crosshairs of antitrust enforcement. For example, both state and federal enforcers have announced investigations into Facebook and Google, and recently the FTC requested information from all of the major tech platforms on past acquisitions. What is more, the possibility that current antitrust laws may not be up to the task has led to several legislative proposals to reform relevant areas of the law.

Because most of these platforms collect information from consumers, it is not surprising to see data play an increasingly central role in antitrust analysis. The relationship between data and antitrust raises several important issues:

  • Does traditional antitrust analysis work in industries that use “big data”?
  • Do traditional antitrust tools work in zero-price markets?
  • Should privacy be a goal of antitrust?
  • To what extent do firms compete over privacy?
  • How does privacy regulation impact competition?

Join the Global Antitrust Institute (GAI) and the Program on Economics and Privacy (PEP) on Wednesday, July 22 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM for a discussion with leading experts on these topics and other topics related to the data/antitrust interface.


James C. Cooper, Director, Program on Economics & Privacy; Associate Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University; Former Deputy Director of Economic Analysis, Bureau of Consumer Protection, and Former Acting Director, Office of Policy Planning, FTC

Jamillia Ferris, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Bruce Hoffman, Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Former Director, Bureau of Competition, FTC

Michael Kades, Director for Markets and Competition Policy, Washington Center for Equitable Growth

Moderator: John M. Yun, Director of Economic Education, Global Antitrust Institute; Associate Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University.

Legal Careers in Privacy Law

Legal Careers in Privacy Law

On April 15, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School alumni discussed different paths for a legal career in privacy and data security. This live webinar was open to students only.


Julian FlamantAssociate, Hogan Lovells

Khoury DiPrimaAssociate, Kelley Drye

Brenda LeongSenior Counsel and Director of Artificial Intelligence and Ethics, Future of Privacy Forum

ModeratorJames Cooper, Professor of Law, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School and Director, Program on Economics & Privacy