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February 24, 2021

Laws Changing Due to Tech in 2021



When it comes to creating new tech policies, there's no question that 2020 was not really a year when things got done. However, 2021 has a new administration, a new Congress, and therefore, new tech laws and regulations to focus on.

For those interested in learning more about the latest regulations and how they may impact their operations, it is possible to contact the legal team at Kania Law Office. However, there is also information about these laws found below.



The Open Internet

This is one of the most popular ways for companies and organizations to frame their focus. With Twitter (News - Alert), protection of the open internet means the company is challenging regulatory frameworks that the policy team for the company said harmed competition while entrenching the power of the largest companies.

In the claims made by the policy team, GDPR was cited as an example of the legislative framework that will hurt, even if it is unintentional, the open internet. The argument was made that while the law helped to increase protections related to user privacy, it reduced competition while helping to strengthen larger companies.

In the U.S., Twitter has focused on protecting Section 230 as a part of this goal. Twitter is ready to find a creative alternative regulatory path to help protect competition and avoid having to force companies to frame decisions based on protecting or removing content. Facebook (News - Alert) has done something similar.

Global Standards

Facebook is also lobbying for multilateral standards focused on data portability, privacy, digital taxation, and more. Multilateral in this sense means multi-stakeholder and multi-country, instead of something like France's digital services tax, which is still being debated. Another debated topic is data portability rules that have been imposed by African and China countries that have received monetary support. More specifically, there are plans to encourage India, Europe, and the U.S. to work together to create standards that are based on certain, shared values.

Google (News - Alert) is also interested in this same level of international government cooperation. The company did not identify or break down specific priorities; however, the statement has still reflected the theme mentioned. Something the pandemic has proven is that bigger issues, especially tech-related issues, are not going to be solved alone. This is the main reason that multilateralism should be urged.

Access

Along with the large antitrust fights and global regulations that are set to come this year, there are some companies that have outlined very specific priorities related to U.S. policy. At Dell (News - Alert) and Amazon, the policy leaders framed some focuses around the increase of equitable internet access. With Amazon, the increase of internet access means a bigger focus on the low-orbit satellite program called Project Kuiper. This has received approval from the FCC (News - Alert) and is designed to offer more affordable internet in locations that do not have access to quality broadband coverage.

Tech and Policy Regulations and Change

As technology continues to grow and evolve, the need and demand for new regulations is also going to grow. It is important to get to know some of the changes to expect, which have been described above. This knowledge will prove useful and help individuals prepare for what is to come in the next few years. Being informed is key to understanding the changes in the tech sector.

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