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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
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
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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.