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The Federal Trade Commission announced the agenda for the 12th session of its Hearings Initiative, which will occur on April 9-10, 2019 and focus on the FTC’s approach to consumer privacy.

FTC Chairman Joe Simons will deliver opening remarks to kick-off the two-day session. Commissioners Noah Joshua Phillips and Rebecca Kelly Slaughter will also deliver remarks during the two-day session.

The hearing’s first day will feature panel discussions on the goals of privacy protection; data sensitivity; consumer demand and expectations for privacy; and current approaches to privacy. The second day will include discussions on notice and choice; access, deletion and correction; accountability; and whether the FTC’s current authority is adequate for protecting consumer privacy.

The following additional session of the FTC Hearings initiative has been announced and is upcoming:

April 12, 2019
FTC Headquarters

  • Merger Retrospective

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 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.

Hearing #13 on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century
April 9-10, 2019
FTC Constitution Center Auditorium
400 7th St., SW, Washington, D.C.

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Contact Information

Juliana Gruenwald Henderson
Office of Public Affairs

Elisa Jillson
Bureau of Consumer Protection

James Trilling
Bureau of Consumer Protection

Jah-Juin “Jared” Ho
Bureau of Consumer Protection