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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.

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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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February 6, 2024|Blogs

Congress' Blame Game Won't Keep Children Safe Online

The Senate Committee on the Judiciary's most recent “Big Tech” hearing on online child sexual exploitation highlighted everything wrong with the current debate surrounding children’s online safety.

January 28, 2024|Blogs

Blame Lawmakers, Not AI, for Failing to Prevent the Fake Explicit Images of Taylor Swift

The problem is not that technology is moving too fast; it is that lawmakers are moving too slowly. While it may be too much to expect abusers and Internet trolls to stop this type of activity entirely, it is reasonable to expect that those who distribute this content should face significant civil and criminal liability.

January 26, 2024|Blogs

The IPA Amendments Bill Questions the UK’s Ambition to Be a Leader in Tech Innovation

Parliament should revise amendments to the Investigatory Powers Act (IPA) to ensure UK users continue to have access to the most secure digital communications tools available.

December 8, 2023|Blogs

EU Should Not Allow Anti-Tech Organizations to Weaponize EU Laws to Protect Freeloaders

Advocacy groups want to have it both ways: free online services and no online advertising. Regulators should roundly reject the outlandish and unsustainable ways they are trying to invoke EU laws to legalize online freeloading.

November 21, 2023|Blogs

Protecting Children Online Does Not Require ID Checks for Everyone

Mandatory age verification simply isn’t necessary to safeguard children online, and if policymakers are going to use legislation to require changes to online platforms, there are better alternatives.

November 17, 2023|Blogs

Lacking a Federal Standard, States Try and Fail to Solve Problems Faced by Kids Online

The landscape of state legislation addressing children’s online safety and privacy demonstrates not only the difficulty of regulating social media and other online services but also the need for a federal standard.

November 15, 2023|Events

Children on Social Media and the Multistate Lawsuit Against Meta

Watch now for a panel discussion on the facts of the case, the claims against Meta, and how this lawsuit fits into the broader discussion over content moderation, privacy, children’s safety, and the responsibilities of social media platforms.

November 15, 2023|Testimonies & Filings

Testimony to the Baltimore City Council Committee on Health, Environment, and Technology Regarding Facial Recognition Technology

Facial recognition has increased public safety, convenience for consumers and security for businesses.

November 8, 2023|Testimonies & Filings

Statement to the US Senate AI Insight Forum on “Privacy and Liability”

Policymakers should be careful not to overreact to fears about how AI will impact privacy and rush to regulate the technology since history shows many of today’s concerns will fade over time.

October 16, 2023|Blogs

No, AI Is Not a Surveillance Technology

The widespread potential benefits of AI are well-documented, so why are privacy activists making disingenuous claims about AI being fundamentally a surveillance technology? There are likely a few reasons.

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