Protecting Consumer Privacy

September 29, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. —U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will convene a hearing titled “Protecting Consumer Privacy” at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 29, 2021. This hearing will examine how to better safeguard consumer privacy rights, including by equipping the Federal Trade Commission with the resources it needs to protect consumer privacy through the creation of a privacy bureau; and the need for a comprehensive federal privacy law.




  • David Vladeck, Professor and Faculty Director the Center on Privacy and Technology, Georgetown Law; former Director of the Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Consumer Protection
  • Morgan Reed, President, The App Association
  • Maureen Ohlhausen, Partner and Section Chair (Antitrust & Competition Law), Baker Botts; former Acting Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission
  • Ashkan Soltani, Independent Researcher and Technologist; former Chief Technologist of the Federal Trade Commission




Wednesday, September 29, 2021

10:00 am EDT

Commerce Committee Hearing Room, Russell 253




Due to current limited access to the Capitol complex, the general public is encouraged to view this hearing via the live stream. Social distancing is now lifted for vaccinated members of the press who wish to attend. The Office of the Attending Physician recommends that all individuals wear masks while in interior spaces and other individuals are present.




Majority Statement

  • Chair Maria Cantwell

Minority Statement

  • Ranking Member Roger Wicker

Witness Panel 1

  • David Vladeck

    Professor and Faculty Director the Center on Privacy and Technology
    Georgetown Law
  • Morgan Reed

    The App Association
    Reed Testimony.pdf (589.71 KB)
  • Maureen Ohlhausen

    Partner and Section Chair (Antitrust & Competition Law)
    Baker Botts
  • Ashkan Soltani

    Independent Researcher and Technologist