Roslyn Layton is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, where she focuses on evidence-based policy for information, communications, and digital technology industries. Using empirical methods, she assesses regulations and policies for digitally connected domains such as mobile wireless, telecom, cable, internet, online advertising, e-government, media, software, financial technology, and telehealth, among others. Layton is also a visiting researcher at Aalborg University Center for Communication, Media, and Information Technologies and vice president at Strand Consult, both in Denmark.
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In Roslyn Layton’s Statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee On the General Data Protection Regulation and California Consumer Privacy Act: Optins, Consumer Control, and the Impact on Competition and Innovation, she declared “The 10 Problems with the GDPR Here are the 10 key problems with the GDPR, and, if not properly amended, these will also plague the CCPA. 1. The GDPR strengthens the largest players. 2. The GDPR weakens small- and medium-sized firms. 3. The GDPR is cost prohibitive for many firms. 4. The GDPR silences free speech and expression. 5. The GDPR threatens innovation and research. 6. The GDPR increases cybersecurity risk. 7. The GDPR and the CCPA create risks for identity theft and online fraud. 8. The GDPR has not created greater trust online. 9. The GDPR and the CCPA use the pretense of customer control to increase the power of government. 10. The GDPR and the CCPA fail to meaningfully incorporate the role of privacy enhancing innovation and consumer education in data protection.”
“Many Americans are persuaded by lofty descriptions of the GDPR—contrasting the legislation with what they see as a morally inferior laissez faire approach at home—both because they confuse data privacy and protection and because they are not familiar with America’s own substantive protections. Journalists and commentators glibly refer to the US as the “Wild West,” as if there are no laws or regulation on data privacy and protection. In fact, there are literally hundreds of laws relating to privacy and data protection in the US—including common law torts, criminal laws, evidentiary privileges, federal statues, and state laws. The EU’s laws are relatively new, officially dating from this century, and they still lack the runway of judicial scrutiny and case law that characterizes US law.”
“Rarely reflecting on past mistakes and rushing to outdo their predecessors with pseudo-consumer friendly platitudes, past European Commission presidents have proposed grand schemes that amounted to little. While it remains to be seen whether von der Leyen will do better, many voters are fed up with policies that promised jobs and growth but failed to deliver. The United Kingdom is the first country to make a serious go at leaving the EU; it may not be the last.”
“California's internet privacy regulations threaten to Balkanize American online commerce into a mishmash of 50 separate state regimes. AEI Visiting Scholar Roslyn Layton explains.”
“Given its experience with two devastating world wars, Europeans can be understandably pessimistic about the future and take a negative view of how personal information can be abused. The US, on the other hand, having the longest-lived constitutional democracy and the good fortune of two relatively peaceful neighbors, has a relatively optimistic view of the future.”
Roslyn Layton testifies to the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce of the Committee on Energy and Commerce will hold a hearing on Tuesday, February 26, 2019.
“On this episode of “She Thinks,” we talk big tech and privacy. With a bipartisan group of Attorneys General across the nation announcing an antitrust investigation into Google, we consider what it means for companies like Facebook and Amazon to bear federal regulations. Will it stifle competition? Or are these companies so large that they’ve already pushed out competitors? It’s a complex issue, but fortunately we have Roslyn Layton to break it down for us.”