It’s been a year since the landmark EU data protection rules went live. We’ve laughed. We’ve cried. It’s become a part of us.
Yesterday, the Council of the European Union, under the guidance of the Estonian Presidency, agreed on a common position on the Draft regulation on the free flow of non-personal data in the EU. The regulation aims at banning “data localization” and removing barriers to the free movement of data across borders.
The free-flow of data is fundamental to a vibrant digital economy. Impediments which restrict the flow of data across borders create fragmented and inefficient markets without scale economies, stifle innovation, limit competition, and drive up consumer costs.
Earlier this year, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed into law a bill that directs the Board of Education to re-evaluate high school graduation requirements in an attempt to provide the "knowledge and skills that students should attain during high school in order to be successful contributors to the economy of the Commonwealth." Another bill signed by the Governor now makes it easier for industry professionals to earn temporary teaching credentials to attract more career and technical teachers to the classroom.
The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Secretary Hillary Clinton, has released a 14-page position paper outlining her technology platform. Five broad themes help frame Secretary Clinton’s Initiative on Technology & Innovation. These five themes include goals that, if achieved, would support the developer workforce.
House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) has long been dedicated to public service, and has established himself as a well-regarded policymaker on innovation and security issues. He began his career as a federal prosecutor in the Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section, and later served as deputy attorney general for the state of Texas. His service continued as chief of counterterrorism and national security in the U.S. Attorney’s Office before he was elected to Congress in 2004.