The Last Time Congress Threatened To Enact Digital Privacy Laws, It Didn’t Go So Well

"This was where the privacy push really got derailed, Jonathan Mayer, a technologist who was involved in the negotiations, told HuffPost.

“This was a recurring problem during the Obama administration,” Mayer, who would later work at the Federal Communications Commission under Obama and is currently a professor at Princeton University, said in an email. “The federal government had a habit of punting difficult technology policy issues to multi-stakeholder working groups. Unsurprisingly, these working groups didn’t make much progress.”"