51 Firms Tell Congress It Is Time To Deal With Data Privacy


The corporate realm is not hanging around for Congress to get started on difficult data privacy rules. A bunch of 51 CEOs from the advocacy group Business Roundtable, comprising tech firms such as AT&T, Amazon, Motorola, IBM, and Qualcomm, have sent an open letter to Senate and House leaders requesting them to issue a “comprehensive user data privacy rule.” They state that state privacy rules differ extremely widely, resulting in confusion for users and possibly threatening the competitiveness of the US. A federal law might allegedly drive the trust and make a “stable policy environment” where firms can craft goods knowing precisely where the limits are.

For that reason, the firms have posted a framework for what they would like to see. They need “solid” defense for data that foster responsibility, a “tech neutral” method that spurs innovation, global interoperability and, obviously, a synchronized rule set.

The firm list comprises some notable exclusions, even though that does not essentially reflect a lack of interest. Tim Cook (Apple chief) has separately asked for GDPR-akin rules, for instance.

Whether or not the focus is actually on daily users is a different subject. As media highlighted, this might be more about defending the firm’s own hides than anything else. Firms carry on to engage into privacy errors even after the resulting penalties of years of data breaches.

On a related note, Google needs to make it simpler for other firms to defend their consumers’ privacy. In an interview, the tech behemoth declared that it is launching an open-source edition of its differential privacy library. The privacy—still a comparatively new kind of data science—has been employed by tech firms to mine huge amounts of consumer data without breaching individual privacy. In practice, the tool adds random noise into your personal info so it is not possible to tell separate consumers apart.

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