Why Pass a US Federal Privacy Law?
Effective privacy regulation is critical to allow technologies like artificial intelligence to help solve the world’s greatest challenges. The combination of advances in computing power, memory and analytics create a possibility for technology to make tremendous strides in precision medicine, disease detection, driving assistance, increased productivity, workplace safety, education and more. At Intel we are developing many of these technologies and are focused on integrating artificial intelligence capabilities across the global digital infrastructure. At the same time, we recognize the need for a legal structure to prevent harmful uses of the technology and to preserve personal privacy so that all individuals embrace new, data-driven technologies. At Intel we know that privacy is a fundamental human right and robust privacy protection is critical to allow individuals to trust technology and participate in society.
What the US needs is a privacy law that parallels the country’s ethos of freedom, innovation and entrepreneurship. That law needs to protect individuals and enable for the ethical use of data. As noted above, the use of data by new technologies such as artificial intelligence will help us solve some of the most vexing global problems while spurring economic growth. Ethical use of data will be critical as we use data to train artificial intelligence algorithms to detect bias and enhance cyber security. In short, it takes data to protect data. The US needs a law that promotes ethical data stewardship, not one that just attempts to minimize harm. A non-harmonized patchwork of state legislation will cause companies to default to restrictive requirements and the result will decrease the likelihood of realizing technology’s great potential to improve lives. Intel has drafted proposed legislation to realize that potential. It promotes innovative data use, while requiring organizations that process personal data to implement measures to demonstrate responsibility.
Many members of our team have been working in technology policy and privacy specifically for years. Intel has been a longstanding champion for robust privacy protections, and we have written extensively about how approaches to privacy will need to be reconsidered in the age of emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI). For further reading, please check out some of our white papers on Rethinking Privacy and how to approach privacy in the age of AI.