The 21st Century Privacy Coalition was formed in 2013 to advocate for modernizing U.S. privacy and data security laws to better reflect consumer expectations as well as technological and competitive changes in the communications marketplace. Founding members include AT&T, Comcast, CTIA-The Wireless Association, DIRECTV, Time Warner Cable and Verizon.
Mary Bono, principal at Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting, was named a co-chair of the coalition, along with former Federal Trade Commission chairman Jon Leibowitz. Bono provides strategic federal affairs advice and planning services to the coalition. Along with Leibowitz, she serves as the public face and spokesperson for the coalition's legislative campaign, including testifying before Congress and meeting with stakeholders.
The coalition has shaped legislation that is important to its members, including the Data Security and Breach Notification Act, which was passed by the House Energy & Commerce Committee in April 2015. The coalition continues efforts to pass the bill through Congress in addition to strategizing about a follow-on set of issues important to coalition members.