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ICYMI: Protect Privacy Without Destroying Innovation

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ICYMI: Protect Privacy Without Destroying Innovation

01.23.19 07:49 AM

Americans for Prosperity Senior Tech Policy Analyst Billy Easley II | Real Clear Policy Technological*innovation*has fueled*America’s rise as a world power. Thanks to scientific advancements,*generations*of*Americans have enjoyed the highest standard of living*in history… These advancements occurred largely because*Americans have the freedom to pursue their dreams and develop technologies that benefit millions, sometimes billions, of people worldwide… The rise of electronic commerce companies, cloud computing and social media platforms have led to new, valid concerns about*privacy*and data security. Lawmakers are developing proposals to meet these challenges — these*could*include*increasing the FTC’s enforcement powers over technology firms… The recently convened 116th*Congress should consider several principles that can serve as a foundation for constructive legislation. First, privacy*regulation should focus on addressing practices that*injure customers, rather than on restricting the collection of data. Legislation that tells companies*what*data they can and cannot*collect would*not*secure the data they do collect and would prevent companies from offering a wider array of service to customers. Second, any legislation should maintain*a clear distinction between*privacy*and data security, and address them separately. This is because there is a greater consensus about the end goal of data security legislation (most people generally agree that the theft of consumer*information is undesirable) while less consensus exists […]

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