Enlisting Big Data in the Fight Against Coronavirus

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today announced a paper hearing titled, “Enlisting Big Data in the Fight Against Coronavirus,” on Thursday, April 9, 2020, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The committee and witnesses will submit written statements, questions, and answers to examine recent uses of aggregate and anonymized consumer data to identify potential hotspots of coronavirus transmission and to help accelerate the development of treatments. The committee will also examine how consumers’ privacy rights are being protected and what the U.S. government plans to do with COVID-related data collected at the end of this national emergency.


  • Mr. Ryan Calo, Law Professor, the University of Washington

  • Mr. Graham Dufault, Senior Director for Public Policy, ACT | The App Association
  • Ms. Leigh Freund, Chief Executive Officer, Network Advertising Initiative
  • Ms. Stacey Gray, Senior Counsel, Future of Privacy Forum
  • Mr. Dave Grimaldi, Executive Vice President for Public Policy, Interactive Advertising Bureau
  • Ms. Michelle Richardson, Director, Data and Privacy Project, Center for Democracy and Technology
  • Mr. Inder Singh, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Kinsa Smart Thermometers

*Witness list subject to change

Paper Hearing Details:

Thursday, April 9, 2020
10: 00 a.m.
Full Committee Paper Hearing

The committee has developed a “paper hearings” process to continue investigative and oversight responsibilities while adhering to public health guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic.

At the start of the paper hearing, the committee will post the chairman’s and ranking member’s opening statements and witness testimony. Member questions will be sent to witnesses by close of business on the day of the paper hearing. Witnesses will have a 96-business-hour turnaround time to answer member questions. The questions and witness responses will be posted on the committee’s website once received. The committee will provide an official transcript for the record. All paper hearing documents will be available online on the hearing page at www.commerce.senate.gov.

*Note: Witness list updated 4/7/2020

Majority Statement

  • Chairman Roger Wicker

Minority Statement


  • Mr. Ryan Calo

    Law Professor
    University of Washington
  • Mr. Graham Dufault

    Senior Director for Public Policy
    ACT | The App Association
    Download Testimony (605.18 KB)
  • Ms. Leigh Freund

    Chief Executive Officer
    Network Advertising Initiative
    Download Testimony (168.29 KB)
  • Ms. Stacey Gray

    Senior Counsel
    Future of Privacy Forum
    Download Testimony (475.66 KB)
  • Mr. Dave Grimaldi

    Executive Vice President for Public Policy
    Interactive Advertising Bureau
    Download Testimony (286.58 KB)
  • Ms. Michelle Richardson

    Director, Data and Privacy Project
    Center for Democracy and Technology
    Download Testimony (184.37 KB)
  • Mr. Inder Singh

    Chief Executive Officer and Founder
    Kinsa Smart Thermometers
    Download Testimony (178.00 KB)