Monthly Archives: October 2021

Data Envy, today at 12 p.m. ET

Today we’ll be discussing the problem of politicians’, bureaucrats’ and law enforcement’s data envy: how did this happen, and what can be done about it?

We’ll stream live on my YouTube channel here. After the show, I’ll update this post with the specific video link.

UPDATE: Here’s the link to the recorded video on YouTube (please like, share, and subscribe!)

Reference: our latest piece on Real Clear Policy, “Politicians’ Data Envy On Display Again in Senate Committee Hearing”

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Politicians’ Data Envy On Display Again in Senate Hearings

by Amy Peikoff and Benjamin Chayes

The Senate Committee on Commerce is in the midst of conducting its long-awaited hearings on privacy. This might seem long overdue, considering the European Parliament has for several years been trying to ensure that companies respect consumer privacy. Even China has enacted privacy legislation. Here in the United States, however, only a handful of states have thus far tried to address consumer privacy legislatively.

The topic of privacy in China, the country which instituted the world’s first Social Credit System, would require a separate article. Still, we might wonder why the U.S. has lagged behind Europe in the protection of individual privacy. This can be explained partly by considering the relative preoccupations of legislators on either side of the pond. Whereas the European perspective generally assumes that law is primarily intended to protect private citizens against the ill-doings of big companies, the American tradition assumes that federal law exists primarily to delineate and limit the scope of government action — to protect citizens first and foremost against government overreach. Is there a reason to break with this tradition with respect to the issue of privacy? In particular, what should we make of the proposal most touted during the hearings: not an American GDPR, but instead a new privacy and data security bureau at the FTC?

Read more at Real Clear Policy

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Imagine There’s No Facebook, TODAY at 12 p.m. ET

Today we’ll discuss substantive issues raised by Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, as well as Facebook’s response. And more, including some updates on Flattening the CronyCare Curve.

We’ll stream live on my YouTube channel here. I’ll update this post afterwards with the link to the recorded show, which will also be crossposted to Rumble and various podcast outlets tomorrow.

UPDATE recording on YouTube here:

Support for the show is greatly appreciated! Contribute via Patreon here.

Program Notes:

Amy on the Chris Salcedo Show (beginning of this hour of his show)

Google will prevent climate change deniers from making money from ads

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized