Advances in technology are accelerating the way in which innovative new products and services can improve our lives. We’re able to better track our health through wearable devices, control our home energy use from our phones, and order just about anything imaginable while sitting on our couches. Behind all of these technologies, of course, lies data, whose methods of utilization power our devices and imagination.
But the questions of who has access to that data, for what purposes, and with whose consent sit at the center of many of the most important policy debates of the day. CompTIA’s Privacy Committee focus is on finding the proper balance between promoting innovation, protecting consumers’ personal information and being a good global citizen. Consumers want and deserve transparency and a reasonable level of privacy and security, but policymakers must also consider the impact of regulations on the creation of new and useful devices and services. As this market continues to develop, policymakers must be careful about crafting solutions to potential problems that have not yet materialized, lest they unintentionally stifle innovation in a thriving new space.
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| Mar 15, 2018
On February 27, the House passed the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) by a 388-25 vote. Given the overwhelming support for the bill reflected in the vote, you might think this bill was largely non-controversial, but you’d be mistaken. Despite FOSTA’s vital goal of curbing online sex trafficking and protecting its victims, the bill has been opposed by groups like the ACLU, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Center for Democracy and Technology, as well as many tech companies and trade associations, including CompTIA.
| Feb 19, 2018
On the morning February 14, we held the Capitol Hill Speaker Series at the 2018 CompTIA DC Fly-In. It featured high-ranking officials from the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Homeland Security and provided Fly-In attendees with an informative overview of government priorities for the coming year around the tech agenda. It also gave attendees added knowledge of tech issues before hitting the halls of Congress for Fly-In meetings.
| Sep 18, 2017
On Sept 12, CompTIA held a signature event in Chicago at mHub titled “Data Download: Understanding Data Policy”. Our first panel titled “Advertising Adventures” discussed how data is used for advertising, how users can control what is used, and why keeping a free and open internet is so vital. Among the panel speakers, Sheila Colclasure, chief privacy officer of Acxiom was very helpful in laying out that trust is necessary in order for companies to continue using consumer data in a helpful and thoughtful way.
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