The U.S. took the lead in legislating privacy rights for children and parents in the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act more than a decade ago.  Now the European Union has proposed including privacy protections for children in the Data Protection Regulation under discussion, and Latin American countries have included regulation of children’s privacy in new data protection statutes.  Join the Computers, Freedom & Privacy Conference for an interactive discussion of the state of children’s privacy in the U.S. and abroad.  The panelists for this session are experts in children’s privacy:

  • Phyllis Marcus, Senior Staff Attorney, Federal Trade Commission.  Phyllis is one of the primary architects of the FTC’s implementation of COPPA, which was updated significantly in December 2012.  She has been at the FTC in several capacities since 1998, prior to which she was legal director for The Appleseed Foundation.  Phyllis holds a JD from the University of Michigan (1993) and a BA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania (1990).
  • Angela J. Campbell, Co-Director, Institute for Public Representation and Professor of Law, Georgetown University.  Angela joined the Georgetown faculty in 1988 from the Department of Justice.  She has focused on children’s privacy and related issues in both her legal scholarship and her advocacy.  She is the author, for example, of “ Should Government Regulate Advertising to Children on the World Wide Web?,” published in the Gonzaga Law Review, and she recently has represented a coalition of public-interest organizations led by the Center for Digital Democracy in filing complaints alleging COPPA Rule violations against several companies.
  • Joseph A. Wender, Legislative Director, Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass).  Joseph takes the lead in handling privacy issues for Congressman Markey, who is a Co-Chair of the Congressional Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus and co-author of the “Do Not Track Kids Act,” a proposal to strengthen online safeguards for children and teens that has drawn nearly 50 co-sponsors in a tightly divided Congress.

The session will be moderated by Kurt Wimmer, co-chair, Global Privacy and Data Security Practice, Covington & Burling, with assistance from Covington colleagues including Matt DelNero, Lindsey Tonsager and other members of the team.

The session will be held on January 28, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to noon at Covington & Burling, 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., 11th Floor, Washington, D.C.  There is no charge, but please RSVP to Stephanie Herndon ( by January 18 if you wish to attend.