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Opinion: EC Proposal Will “Stifle Innovation”

PRIVACY LAW—EU

March 28, 2013

Wired reports that James Leaton Gray, head of information policy and compliance at the BBC, recently warned attendees of an e-privacy seminar that the European Commission, in writing its data protection proposal, is playing catch-up with technology instead of creating a scalable system that looks toward the future. Gray said the regime will “stifle innovation. I know it's not intending to—but it's thinking about the present world, not the future world. We have to get used to the idea that the TV set is going to be the computer of the future—people will sit in front of it, interacting, it will be gesture-based.” He acknowledged specific challenges like getting consent from the “thousands of channels you use.” Editor’s Note: This year’s IAPP Data Protection Intensive features several panels exploring the latest developments on the proposed General Data Protection Reform.
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