US needs a comprehensive federal law to create the framework in which companies can demonstrate responsible behaviour
Intel Corporation has published model legislation in a bid to spark discussion on personal data privacy.
Prompted by the rapid rise of new technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), the chipmaker’s model bill is open for review and comment from privacy experts and the public on an interactive website.
It is anticipated the bill’s language and comments received should provide useful insight for those interested in meaningful data privacy legislation.
“The collection of personal information is a growing concern,” said David Hoffman, associate general counsel and global privacy officer, Intel.
“The US needs a privacy law that both protects consumer privacy and creates a framework in which important new industries can prosper. Our model bill is designed to spur discussion that helps inspire meaningful privacy legislation.”
Data is the lifeblood for many critical new industries, including precision medicine, automated driving, workplace safety, smart cities and others. But the growing amount of personal data collected, sometimes without consumers’ awareness, raises serious privacy concerns, said Intel.
Consequently, people need assurances that information that is shared – both knowingly and unknowingly – will be used in beneficial, responsible ways, and that they will be appropriately protected. According to Intel, the US needs a comprehensive federal law to create the framework in which companies can demonstrate responsible behaviour.
Intel’s model data privacy bill aims to bring together policymakers and others in a transparent and open process that helps drive the development of actual data privacy legislation.
“The US needs a privacy law that both protects consumer privacy and creates a framework in which important new industries can prosper"
Intel has launched a website where interested parties can review and comment on the model bill. Company leaders believe input will help to promote the development of constructive data privacy legislation in congress.
In a white paper published last month, Intel’s global privacy team laid out six policy principles for safety and privacy in the age of AI, one of the technical domains that has significant privacy implications.
These principles summarised here were among the factors that influenced Intel’s draft legislation:
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