GDPR and privacy are smokin’ hot for innovation right now

Simon Carroll
May 4, 2016 · 6 min read
From red tape to rocket fuel . . . data privacy and the new GDPR present real opportunities for businesses to innovate

Destruction for the Gang of Four?

Such an arrangement spells disaster, Pau insisted, for the Gang of Four — Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon — whose position of “controlling and destroying every industry is not a healthy position”.

Let innovation solve the problems

Representing the regulators were Shaundra Watson, Attorney Adviser to the US Federal Trade Commission’s Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, and Steve Wood, Head of Policy Delivery at the Information Commissioner’s Office. Both were keen to emphasise how regulation should not stand in the way of innovation and progress.

Data privacy as a human right

What particularly struck a chord for Internet Of Me was his comments on the GDPR: “Data privacy is a fundamental human right that is enshrined and protected. GDPR enhances rights the individual has got and makes them more effective in terms of enforcement.”


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The publication for the prsonal data economy, exploring how our information is transforming our lives and the world around us.

Simon Carroll

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Editor of Internet of Me, a forum exploring the issues surrounding personal data. Journalist and writer for businesses and brands. simon@internetofme.net

Internet of Me

The publication for the prsonal data economy, exploring how our information is transforming our lives and the world around us.