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.
SOBRE A BSA
A BSA | The Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) é a principal defensora do setor global de software perante governos e no mercado internacional. Seus membros estão entre as empresas mais inovadoras do mundo, criando soluções de software que estimulam a economia e melhoram a vida moderna.
Com sede em Washington, DC e operações em mais de 30 países, a BSA promove programas de conformidade que promovem o uso legal de software e defendem políticas públicas que promovem a inovação tecnológica e o crescimento da economia digital.