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Event Description

The 11th session of the Federal Trade Commission’s Hearings Initiative, “The FTC’s Role in a Changing World,” focused on the agency’s international work. The hearing took place in Washington, D.C. on March 25-26, 2019. The event was free and open to the public.

The session explored the FTC’s international role in light of globalization, technological change, and the increasing number of competition, consumer protection, and privacy laws and enforcement agencies around the world. Speakers addressed the implications of international developments on the FTC’s work on behalf of American consumers.

At the hearing, the FTC considered:

  • The effectiveness of FTC’s enforcement cooperation tools and approaches in light of new challenges in competition, consumer protection, and privacy matters;
  • Approaches to promoting international policy coordination and best practice development; and
  • Strategies for international enforcement and policy engagement given today’s dynamic global marketplace.

To deepen its understanding of these issues, the agency seeks public comment on the questions listed below, and welcomes input on other related topics.

The FTC’s Tools and Approaches for International Engagement

  1. How effective are the FTC’s tools and approaches in addressing international investigative, enforcement, and policy challenges and opportunities?
  2. What strategies should competition, consumer protection, and privacy agencies use to achieve convergent or interoperable policies and consistent or complementary enforcement outcomes?
  3. How should the FTC engage internationally regarding its competition, consumer protection, and privacy enforcement priorities in light of changes in the economy, evolving business practices, new technologies, and international developments?

Enforcement Cooperation

  1. What has led to either more or less effective enforcement cooperation in consumer protection, privacy, and competition matters?
  2. How can cross-border enforcement cooperation be strengthened? What are the obstacles to such cooperation?
  3. How might the FTC use additional authority, tools, and approaches to ensure effective enforcement cooperation?
  4. How well have the U.S. SAFE WEB Act and the International Antitrust Enforcement Assistance Act served their international enforcement cooperation objectives? 
  5. Are there tools or approaches available to enforcement agencies in other fields or jurisdictions that might improve the FTC’s enforcement cooperation?
  6. What effects do data regulations have on cross-border information sharing, cooperation, and enforcement in competition, consumer protection, and privacy cases?

Policy and General International Cooperation

  1. What role should soft law (e.g., best practices/ guiding principles) play in promoting convergence or interoperability in policy approaches?
  2. How do differing views on the roles of government, self-regulation, and private enforcement affect policy development and enforcement cooperation?
  3. How do differences in institutional design affect agency enforcement and policy cooperation?

Engagement Regarding Emerging Technologies

  1. How can the FTC best work with foreign agencies to develop effective policies on competition, consumer protection, and privacy concerning emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence?  What are the challenges?
  2. From a practical perspective, what are the consequences of having differing approaches internationally to competition, consumer protection, and privacy enforcement around artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies?

International Engagement in a Changing Global World

  1. What are the most important issues on which the FTC should engage with foreign counterparts and international organizations?
  2. How can the FTC continue to be a leader internationally, including on emerging issues?
  3. In light of international and technological developments, how can the FTC ensure the effectiveness of its technical assistance program?
  4. What tools or approaches of foreign competition, consumer protection, or privacy agencies could benefit the FTC’s international program?
  5. How should the FTC interact with other U.S. government agencies regarding issues raised by foreign competition, consumer protection, and privacy policy and enforcement?
  6. What roles can the private sector and civil society play in light of new challenges in competition, consumer protection, and privacy matters?
  7. How can the private sector foster accountability for international transfers of consumer data?

Comments can be submitted online and are due by 11:59 pm, May 31, 2019. If any entity has provided funding for research, analysis, or commentary that is included in a submitted public comment, such funding and its source should be identified on the first page of the comment.

Disability Language

The FTC Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century will accommodate as many attendees as possible; however, admittance will be limited to seating availability. Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. Request for accommodations should be submitted to Elizabeth Kraszewski via email at ekraszewski@ftc.gov or by phone at (202) 326-3087. Such requests should include a detailed description of the accommodation needed. Please allow at least five days advance notice for accommodation requests; last minute requests will be accepted but may not be possible to accommodate.

  • March 25, 2019

    9:00-9:05 am

    Welcome and Introductory Remarks

    Randolph Tritell, Director
    Federal Trade Commission, Office of International Affairs  

    9:05-9:15 am

    Introductory Remarks

    Joseph J. Simons, Chairman
    Federal Trade Commission

    9:15-9:45 am

    Setting the International Scene

    William E. Kovacic
    George Washington University Law School 

    9:45-10:00 am

    Building Enforcement Cooperation for the 21st Century

    Matthew Boswell, Commissioner of Competition
    Competition Bureau Canada 

    10:00-11:15 am

    Building Enforcement Cooperation for the 21st Century

    Participants:

    Thomas O. Barnett
    Covington & Burling LLP

    Matthew Boswell
    Commissioner
    Competition Bureau Canada

     

    Jean-François Fortin
    Executive Director, Enforcement
    Autorité des Marchés Financiers,
    Québec, Canada

    Chilufya Sampa
    Executive Director & CEO
    Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, Zambia

    Moderators:
    Molly Askin, Counsel, International Antitrust
    Laureen Kapin, Counsel, International Consumer Protection and Data Privacy
    Federal Trade Commission, Office of International Affairs  

    11:15-11:30 am

    Break

    11:30-1:00 pm

    Consumer Protection and Privacy Enforcement Cooperation

    Participants:

    Marie-Paule Benassi
    Acting Director for Consumer Affairs
    Directorate-General Justice and Consumers, European Commission   

    James Dipple-Johnstone
    Deputy Commissioner
    Information Commissioner’s Office, United Kingdom

    Kurt Gresenz
    Senior Assistant Director
    Office of International Affairs
    Securities and Exchange Commission  

    James Sullivan
    Deputy Assistant Secretary for Services
    Department of Commerce

     

    Jeffrey Thomson
    Senior Intelligence Analyst
    Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre
    Royal Canadian Mounted Police 

    Moderator:
    Stacy Feuer, Assistant Director, Consumer Protection and Data Privacy
    Federal Trade Commission, Office of International Affairs

    1:00-2:15 pm

    Lunch Break

    2:15-3:30 pm

     

     

     

    Competition Enforcement Cooperation

    Participants:

    Nicholas Banasevic
    Head of Unit
    Directorate-General Competition, European Commission  

    Marcus Bezzi
    Executive General Manager
    Australian Competition

    Jeanne Pratt
    Senior Deputy Commissioner
    Competition Bureau Canada

     

    Fiona Schaeffer
    Milbank LLP

    Moderator:
    Maria Coppola, Counsel, International Antitrust
    Federal Trade Commission, Office of International Affairs

    3:30-3:45 pm

    Break

    3:45-4:00 pm

    International Engagement and Emerging Technologies: Artificial Intelligence Case Study

    Julie Brill
    Microsoft

    4:00-5:15 pm

    International Engagement and Emerging Technologies: Artificial Intelligence Case Study

    Participants:

    Chinmayi Arun
    Harvard University
    National Law University Delhi, India

    James Dipple-Johnstone
    Deputy Commissioner
    Information Commissioner’s Office, United Kingdom

    Francis Kariuki
    Director General
    Competition Authority of Kenya

    Marcela Mattiuzzo
    VMCA Advogados
    Brazil

    Isabelle de Silva
    President and Member of the Board
    Autorité de la Concurrence, France

    Omer Tene
    International Association of Privacy Professionals
    Stanford University

     

    Moderators:
    Deon Woods Bell, Counsel, International Consumer Protection and Data Privacy
    Federal Trade Commission, Office of International Affairs

    Ellen Connelly, Attorney Advisor
    Federal Trade Commission, Office of Policy Planning

    March 26, 2019

    9:00-9:05 am

    Welcome

    Randolph Tritell, Director
    Federal Trade Commission, Office of International Affairs  

    9:05-9:20 am

    Introductory Remarks

    Noah Joshua Phillips, Commissioner
    Federal Trade Commission  

    9:20-9:35 am

    Implications of Different Legal Traditions and Regimes for International Cooperation

    Roger Alford, Deputy Assistant Attorney General
    Antitrust Division          
    Department of Justice

    9:35-10:35 am

    Implications of Different Legal Traditions and Regimes for International Cooperation

    Participants:

    Francesca Bignami
    George Washington University
    Law School

    Philip Marsden
    College of Europe

    Christopher Yoo
    University of Pennsylvania                  

    Angela Zhang
    University of Hong Kong
    King's College London
    Law School

    Moderators:
    Hugh Stevenson, Deputy Director, Consumer Protection and Data Privacy
    Paul O’Brien, Counsel, International Antitrust
    Federal Trade Commission, Office of International Affairs

    10:35-10:50 am

    Break

    10:50-11:05 am

    Promoting Sound Policies for the Next Decade

    Christine Wilson, Commissioner
    Federal Trade Commission

    11:05-12:20 pm

    Promoting Sound Policies for the Next Decade

    Participants:

    Abbott “Tad” Lipsky
    George Mason University
    Antonin Scalia Law School

    Justin Macmullan
    Consumers International

    Teresa Moreira
    Head
    Competition and Consumer Protection Branch
    United Nations Conference on Trade and Development 

    John Pecman
    Fasken

    Daniel Solove
    George Washington University
    Law School

    Pablo Trevisán
    Commissioner
    National Commission for
    the Defense of Competition, Argentina

    Moderators:
    Russell Damtoft, Associate Director
    Hugh Stevenson, Deputy Director, Consumer Protection and Data Privacy
    Federal Trade Commission, Office of International Affairs

    12:20-1:35 pm

    Lunch Break

    1:35-2:50 pm

    Effective International Engagement: Foreign Agency Perspectives

    Participants:

    Paula Farani de Azevedo Silveira
    Commissioner
    Administrative Council for Economic Defense, Brazil

    Babatunde Irukera
    Director General
    Consumer Protection Council,
    Nigeria

    Han Li Toh
    Chief Executive and Commissioner
    Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore

    Chris Warner
    Legal Director
    Competition and Markets Authority, United Kingdom

    Rainer Wessely
    Delegation of the European Union to the United States

    Stephen Wong
    Privacy Commissioner
    Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, Hong Kong

    Moderators:
    Elizabeth Kraus, Deputy Director, Antitrust
    Deon Woods Bell, Counsel, International Consumer Protection and Data Privacy
    Federal Trade Commission, Office of International Affairs

    2:50-3:05 pm

    Break

    3:05-3:20 pm

    The FTC’s Role in a Changing World

    James Rill
    Baker Botts LLP

    3:20-4:35 pm

    The FTC’s Role in a Changing World

    Participants:

    Bojana Bellamy
    Centre for Information Policy Leadership

    Terry Calvani
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

    Eduardo Pérez Motta
    SAI Law and Economics

    Rod Sims
    Chairman
    Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

    Andrew Wyckoff
    Director
    Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation
    Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development

    Moderator:
    Randolph Tritell, Director
    Federal Trade Commission, Office of International Affairs

    4:35-4:45 pm

    Closing Remarks

    Randolph Tritell, Director
    Federal Trade Commission, Office of International Affairs

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