MAY 07, 2020 | US
Tech Companies Take Privacy Reins During Virus Absent US Law
Bloomberg Law, May 7, 2020
By Dan Stoller
Technology companies helping to fight the coronavirus are policing themselves to protect consumer data in the absence of a comprehensive US statute and only a few state privacy laws. The companies are taking voluntary steps based on Europe’s privacy law, such as restricting the types of data they collect and stating upfront their specific purpose for gathering information.
The companies say they’re taking privacy seriously during the virus, even without state and federal statutes. “Privacy and security are always important,” said Kate Goodloe, policy director with BSA | The Software Alliance. Group members, including Microsoft, have built privacy protections “into their business models,” she said.
BSA | The Software Alliance supports the creation of a federal privacy regime, but “companies should respect the privacy and security of data they hold, even without a national privacy law,” Goodloe said.
BSA |“软件联盟”(www.bsa.org) 是全球软件行业的主要倡导者，旨在代表该行业，向政府和国际市场发声。其成员包括全球最具创新力的公司，这些公司制定的软件解决方案，不但能够刺激经济，还能提升现代生活的品质。
BSA 的总部位于华盛顿特区，其营运机构遍布 30 多个国家。BSA 凭借这些机构，率先涉足合规项目，以期促进使用合法软件、倡导制定公共政策，并以此培养技术创新能力，以及推动发展数字经济。