The EU is racing ahead on privacy, AI, and competition rules for digital players. Developers in the EU and US will be the first to fall if the two sides go it alone.
Tech knows the future of business is digital, and that digital means global. Entrepreneurs and developers make concepts a reality, refine software, and launch new products all within the digital space. But what about when your customer base expands beyond your home country's market, or your data enters the cloud? ill you even notice? How does your existing and new consumer data cross borders, and what regulations guide this expansion? What happens if you just do nothing? (For more on this, see our news item on the EU GDPR from a US perspective)
On Wednesday 18 October, the European Commission published a report supporting the continuation of the EU-US Privacy Shield agreement and recommending some improvements. The report concludes the negotiations of the data-transfer deal's inaugural annual review, which the Alliance previously covered here.
What the heck is Privacy Shield, and why should application and other software developers care? The answer, in part, is that developers everywhere are looking at a future where data is either free to flow or blocked at the border; circulating inside two completely disconnected clouds or in one. It's important enough that policy heavyweights from the US and EU are taking the time to meet face to face this week in DC to discuss the future shape of the internet with (hopefully) or without (catastrophe) it.