Cybersecurity Laws and Regulations Could Be an Issue in 2020 Election
According to Northeastern University law and computer science professor Woodrow Hartzog, the data ecosystem could be marred if stronger data security laws are not adopted. Hartzog’s comments came after announcements by Marriott and Quora that 500 million and 100 million accounts respectively had been breached.
Hartzog stated that if people lose their trust that collected data will be protected, the potential of artificial intelligence and other developing technologies will be lost.
To date the Federal Trade Commission has been reactive in addressing data protection. The FTC is now debating whether to retain the status quo and file individual complaints against companies that fail to uphold “reasonable data security practices”, or create a system of required practices.
According to Hartzog there has to be a trade-off between adequate data security rules and flexibility to go beyond checklist compliance.
Hartzog believes data security should be a political issue. Candidates for office – including by implication the presidency – should be asked for their position. Judging by recent experience, this issue deserves to get high priority in the next election.