The Daily Policy Digest, an online newsletter from the National Center for Policy Analysis, featured excerpts from Abuse and Personal Information, a report by the Exchange Council’s Director of Communications and Technology Task Force, John Stephenson, in a post about the importance of policymakers doing due diligence when crafting privacy guidelines.
Stephenson stresses that the privacy discussion is nuanced and policymakers must realize that any future legislation addressing this topic must not interfere with future innovation. Here are some other key takeaways:
- Privacy is a vague concept that some consider a fundamental right, though the Constitution does not explicitly mention a right to privacy.
- As new technologies develop and Internet usage continues to become more prevalent, what is considered private is constantly up for discussion, particularly since the advent of social networking.
- The concept of what privacy entails on the Internet, and whether it includes consent and sensitive data, is important considering the staggering amount of information that is created every day.