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Weitzner’s Latest Move Brings Opportunity, Criticism

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

March 29, 2013

Former White House Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy and winner of this year’s IAPP Privacy Leadership Award Daniel Weitzner recently took on the job of senior academic advisor to Hogan Lovells’ new Coalition for Privacy and Free Trade, evidence of privacy's increasing role in trade discussions, reports Mother Jones. Marc Rotenberg, president of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, says Weitzner is deserving of “a fair amount of credit” for the drafting of the lauded Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights that gives consumers more control over their data, but other privacy advocates are concerned the coalition will help big tech firms “continue to have free rein over their users' personal information.” Weitzner, for his part, says, “It's true that I worked on privacy in the administration, and I continue to work on privacy issues. But I believe really strongly that privacy tends to make progress when there are broad coalitions."
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