Nick Wallace

Nick Wallace
Senior Policy Analyst
ITIF's Center for Data Innovation

Nick Wallace is a senior policy analyst at ITIF’s Center for Data Innovation. He previously worked as a government technology policy analyst at Ovum, a global consultancy based in London. He has a master’s degree in public policy jointly awarded from the Central European University in Budapest and the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals and a bachelor’s degree in politics from Liverpool John Moores University. Wallace speaks English, Spanish, and German.

Recent Publications

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 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 10, 2017

Data innovation is making a major contribution to Europe’s economy, but there are stark variations between countries. This report uses a variety of indicators to measure data innovation in the EU and rank its 28 member states, identifying why some countries are ahead, and what others can do to catch up.

August 30, 2017

The European Banking Authority recently proposed banning third-party financial services firms from using software to automatically collect consumer data from banks. That would limit innovation by enabling financial institutions to unfairly restrict their customers’ ability to share data with companies whose services often compete with those of the banks.

June 14, 2017

German laws criminalizing hate speech and defamation are already some of the most restrictive in Europe, writes Nick Wallace in The Local. But a new bill going through the Bundestag, intended to combat hate speech, will create powerful incentives for online platforms to suppress content that is not even illegal, and inhibit the development of data-driven tools that offer more sophisticated ways of fighting extremism.

May 19, 2017

The raison d’etre for the EU’s Digital Single Market was to incorporate the digital economy into EU integration. But from its very launch, the strategy always went far beyond that, imposing too many restrictions on new technologies, writes Nick Wallace in EU Observer.

March 8, 2017

To support the single market, the European Union should remove legal obstacles to data flows within the EU and relax the rules in the General Data Protection Regulation governing transfers to non-EU countries, writes Nick Wallace in EU Reporter.

March 2, 2017

A trade association representing privacy specialists estimates that businesses around the world will have to appoint at least 75,000 data protection officers to help them comply with the many complex requirements of the EU’s incoming General Data Protection Regulation. Filling these positions will be costly and difficult, and it will divert money away from investments that would create more productive jobs and benefit customers through lower prices and better product features—including privacy-enhancing ones—says Nick Wallace in City A.M.

February 7, 2017

Due to unwarranted concerns about privacy, policymakers have restricted the data vehicles will share with emergency services even though additional information could further improve safety without impacting privacy or raising costs, writes Nick Wallace in EurActiv.

February 3, 2017

While fraud prevention is important, data-driven approaches offer far more sophisticated measures to address this goal than the European Banking Authority’s recently proposed rules, writes Nick Wallace in Banking Technology.

February 1, 2017

The difficulty of identifying fake news combined with threats of fines would impose significant costs on social media companies, particularly startups, and likely result in the removal of legitimate articles, such as satirical pieces, write Nick Wallace and Alan McQuinn in The Local.

Recent Events and Presentations

December 7, 2017

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) ostensibly outlaws barriers to the flow of personal data between EU countries, and in September 2017, the European Commission published a draft regulation for a similar rule on non-personal data transfers. Yet a plethora of questions remain. How should policymakers address the remaining obstacles to data flows outside the union?

October 10, 2017

As a host of new digital technologies have emerged over the last decade, data has become a key driver of economic growth, social progress and innovation.  But what is the true state of data innovat

December 6, 2016

Join ITIF's Center for Data Innovation for a panel discussion on the strategies countries are using to support the Internet of Things, the early European successes with this technology, and the opportunities for policymakers in the EU and member states to support the development and deployment of smart technologies.