Viewpoint: Comprehensive data management policies will help innovations last

Contrary to the popular belief that implementing stricter data privacy regulations will staunch the free flow of innovation, a global privacy framework is actually key to fostering further innovation.

In an op-ed for The Hill, Peter Cherukuri, executive director and publisher of Washington, D.C.-based think tank Data Catalyst, advocated for improvements in data protection to uphold the standards not only of data-driven organizations, but also of government protections, which will in turn lead to stronger, more sustainable innovations.

"It's time for the data-driven industry to mature, particularly as platforms work to empower users through increased data portability," Mr. Cherukuri wrote. "Establishing guidelines and codifying best practices is a necessary step in the transition from a nascent, innovation-driven explosion of services and products to a trusted, foundational part of modern life."

He added, "Technology leaders must commit to the same level of innovation in privacy policy creation as they do to the development of products and services. Now is the time to forge a responsible path forward that places user privacy at the center of data practices."

Read the full op-ed here.

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