Online Meeting on The Sedona Conference Draft Commentary on Quantifying Violations under U.S. Privacy Laws

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Time: 1:00 p.m. EDT

Duration: 90 minutes

Privacy laws allow for enforcement authorities and plaintiffs in private actions to seek damages based on a “violation” of the law. Quantifying these damages can be challenging because the laws do not define how a “violation” should be calculated. Is it limited to one violation of the law, or is there some other way to measure a violation? For example, should it be calculated by adding up the total number of consumers affected by the business’s conduct, adding up the number of statutory sections the business violated, or adding up the “per transaction” violations (e.g., each call, each scan)? A panel of WG11 drafting team members will discuss their March 2020 draft Commentary, which draws from the interpretation of various privacy laws to suggest the meaning of a “per violation” measure of damages.

As the online meeting will focus on in-progress work product of WG11, only Working Group Series (WGS) members are permitted to attend. The online meeting is scheduled for 90 minutes, during which time you may make comments or ask questions of the panel via live chat. We aim to closely as possible replicate a typical dialogue between dialogue leaders and attendees at an in-person Working Group Meeting. The drafting team members welcome your feedback as the draft nears publication for public comment.



Kenneth J. Withers
The Sedona Conference
Phoenix, AZ, USA


James J. Pizzirusso
Washington, DC, USA


Office of the Colorado Attorney General

Denver, CO, USA

Tousley Brain Stephens

Seattle, WA, USA

Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General

Philadelphia, PA, USA

Sidley Austin LLP

Washington, DC, USA