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Germany’s Federal Network Agency recently issued a blanket ban on children’s smartwatches that offer an audio link. As Nick Wallace writes, the agency’s position is not only bad for children, but suggests that German regulators might ban other smart devices that make up the Internet of Things.
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February 5, 2018
Germany’s Federal Network Agency recently issued a blanket ban on children’s smartwatches that offer an audio link. As Nick Wallace writes, the agency’s position is not only bad for children, but suggests that German regulators might ban other smart devices that make up the Internet of Things.
January 23, 2018
Since countries have different laws on the limits to free speech, none should be allowed to censor social media beyond its borders. The ECJ should make that clear when it decides the Glawischnig case.
November 30, 2017
Sovereign governments, whose job is to represent the interests of their citizens, not the world’s, rightly assert that they have jurisdiction over cyberspace, at least to the extent it plays out within their borders. The problem is when this turns into digital balkanization.
November 15, 2017
If the EU intends to build a Digital Single Market home to the next generation of tech companies, then it needs consistent policies that allow businesses in all sectors to take advantage of online advertising.
October 31, 2017
As Brazil embarks on an important effort to craft a strategy for digital transformation, it would be a mistake to adopt an approach based on the EU’s privacy system. Policy makers must take care to adopt a privacy regime that not only protects privacy but enables digital innovation.
October 12, 2017
Many privacy advocates argue businesses should have a legal obligation to obtain affirmative consent from consumers before collecting and processing data. However, opt-in policies often have negative impacts on business. Join ITIF for a discussion about this ongoing policy debate including the latest research in privacy.
September 12, 2017
In testimony to the Massachusetts legislature, ITIF recommends bolstering state anti-SLAPP laws.
August 6, 2017
The Portman-McCaskill bill would have unintended consequences that would threaten free speech online and expose lawful companies to significant legal jeopardy. As Daniel Castro writes in The Hill, a better approach would be for the U.S. Department of Justice to take action under current law against sites that facilitate sex trafficking.
June 29, 2017
Rob Atkinson argues in the Christian Science Monitor that the recent deserves much greater scrutiny, because real-world policy outcomes are far more consequential than crude political theater, and turning the focus in that direction could be the first step to recovering our civic senses.
April 17, 2017
Commentators in the U.S. and Europe have been agitating for regulators to consider companies’ data holdings when they conduct antitrust analyses of proposed mergers or investigate possible anticompetitive conduct. But merely having data does not raise anticompetitive concerns, writes Joe Kennedy in Harvard Business Review.

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