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As every sector of the global economy and nearly every facet of modern society undergo digital transformation, ITIF advocates for policies that spur not just the development of IT innovations, but more importantly their adoption and use throughout the economy. ITIF's work focuses on protecting people’s privacy and safeguarding personal information without stifling the innovation and commerce needed to drive a robust Internet ecosystem.


Maintaining a Light-Touch Approach to Data Protection in the United States

Maintaining a Light-Touch Approach to Data Protection in the United States

Data privacy regulations impose significant costs on businesses and the economy. Effective, targeted federal legislation would address actual privacy harms while reducing costs that hinder productivity and innovation.

The Looming Cost of a Patchwork of State Privacy Laws

The Looming Cost of a Patchwork of State Privacy Laws

In the absence of a federal privacy law, a growing patchwork of state laws burdens companies with multiple, duplicative compliance costs. The out-of-state costs from 50 such laws could exceed $1 trillion over 10 years, with at least $200 billion hitting small businesses.

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November 23, 2022|Testimonies & Filings

Coalition Letter to Parliament: Fix Online Safety Bill to Not Undermine Encryption

A coalition of 70 individuals and organizations, including the Center for Data Innovation, sent an open letter to the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak opposing the Online Safety Bill’s clauses that erode end-to-end encryption in private messaging and other online services.

November 14, 2022|Reports & Briefings

The Effect of International Proposals for Monitoring Obligations on End-To-End Encryption

European and U.S. policymakers have proposed imposing monitoring obligations on Internet intermediaries to improve online safety. Despite their best efforts, these proposals risk undermining users’ privacy by eliminating the use of end-to-end encryption. Therefore, policymakers should not pursue them.

September 15, 2022|Blogs

Hypothetical Risks Should Not Get in the Way of the Rollout of Eye-Tracking in AR/VR

The rollout of eye tracking technologies in AR/VR devices has sparked a conversation regarding the risks and benefits of its implementation. But due to the infancy of the technology, most of the arguments on the matter tend to be hypothetical.

September 7, 2022|Op-Eds & Commentary

Why Everyone Loses If Westminster Passes Poor Online Regulation

Pushing the Online Safety Bill through parliament too quickly will do more harm than good.

September 5, 2022|Op-Eds & Commentary

Some Advice for Liz Truss as Britain’s New Prime Minister

The UK can become a pioneer in online safety, but the new prime minister should focus on high-level, flexible guidelines to ensure innovation in content moderation, private communications, digital identity, and artificial intelligence thrive in the UK.

August 31, 2022|Press Releases

California Children’s Safety Bill Would Further Complicate the Regulatory Landscape for Businesses, Says ITIF

Lawmakers need to stop rewriting the rules of the road, and states should stop dictating national technology policy. Congress should get ahead of the growing patchwork of state privacy laws by passing comprehensive federal privacy legislation that preempts state laws and creates a unified national standard.

August 17, 2022|Blogs

FTC Announcement on “Commercial Surveillance” Highlights the Need for Federal Data Privacy Legislation

Not only is FTC’s rulemaking announcement an unnecessary distraction from legislative efforts, but it is a questionable power grab overstretching its statutory authority that will ultimately come at the expense of consumers.

July 25, 2022|Press Releases

The Senate Should Focus on Passing Comprehensive Privacy Legislation, Says ITIF

The two bills that the Senate advanced today distract attention from the goal of passing a comprehensive federal privacy law by putting the focus on children’s privacy.

July 21, 2022|Press Releases

ADPPA Would Still Impose Unnecessary Costs on Businesses, Says ITIF

Congress must create a national standard to protect consumer privacy without hindering productivity and innovation.

July 12, 2022|Presentations

Optimal Governance of NPD 2.0

ITIF's Daniel Castro is among the featured speakers for a July 12 webinar hosted by CUTS International to discuss gaps, unintended challenges, regulatory uncertainty, and the way forward for India's data-protection regime.

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