Moving Towards Greater Regulation?

A key question in the data ethics world is whether protecting society from the harmful abuses of data requires greater government regulation (the “European approach”) or is possible with industry self-regulation and codes of ethics within a free market context (the “American approach”).  Surprisingly, a recent survey suggests that more than half of Americans “fear the federal government won’t do enough to regulate big tech companies”.  Perhaps Americans are concerned enough to be seeking strong solutions.

The survey certainly suffers from selection and non-response biases, but was appropriately weighted to represent the US population and is probably not too far from the truth.  In any case, it’s an interesting data point demonstrating that the public is taking these issues seriously.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s