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SIIA Event to Examine How Data is Transforming Healthcare and Policy Implications

Join SIIA for a discussion on how data analytics is transforming healthcare at our lunchtime event – Improving Our Nation’s Health Through Data Analytics. The briefing, at 12p.m. on November 13th, will feature lawmakers, industry leaders, patients and providers who will discuss innovations in data analytics that are improving our health care system. Participants will also discuss the challenges posed by the current regulatory framework, and the need to develop an appropriate risk-based framework that provides the clarity and certainty necessary to advance an innovative healthcare ecosystem. RSVP HERE

It is clear that our nation’s health is dependent on information. Applying digestible data analytics to healthcare delivered when and where it is needed, can help health professionals make informed treatment decisions at the point of care, accelerate the search for cures, and reduce preventable hospitalization and associated costs. Data innovations are also speeding treatments and cures to market. The event will include opening remarks from U.S. Representatives Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Gene Green (D-TX). For more information, click here.

Multi-Industry Letter Urges Congress to Protect Cross-Border Data Flows

Monday, in a letter to congressional leaders, SIIA joined with seven other tech organizations in calling for increased funding to allow the Department of Justice to adequately handle its responsibilities under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties (MLATs). MLATs are the primary mechanism through which law enforcement agencies in different countries can collect and exchange evidence. These treaties ensure that foreign law enforcement requests for information conform to U.S. law helping to curb foreign efforts to enact restrictive laws governing the Internet.

Over the last decade foreign evidence requests have increased dramatically, while DOJ funding for processing such requests has declined. Currently, it takes about a year to process an MLAT request. This delay has caused foreign governments to circumvent the MLAT process altogether, taking their demands directly to U.S. businesses. Companies are now in the nearly impossible position of trying to comply with foreign law enforcement requests while adhering to U.S. law. The breakdown in the MLAT process also leads to countries around the world pursuing data localization requirements, which threaten to fragment the Internet. Increased MLAT funding would make possible quicker processing of MLAT requests while at the same time protecting individual’s rights and ensuring due process. For more information, read this blog.

SIIA Comments on Use of Data Analytics to Promote Social and Economic Opportunity

Friday, SIIA filed comments on the Federal Trade Commission’s Workshop on “Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion?” The workshop was held on September 15 and usefully framed important developments in the use of data analytics for providing services to low income and underserved consumers and provided a forum for discussion of the possibility of unfair or discriminatory use of data analytics.

SIIA’s Mark MacCarthy participated on the workshop’s second panel relating to new developments in data analytics. SIIA’s comments summarize the discussion in that panel and contain additional reflections on issues raised by the workshop. For a highlight of the main points of the comments, click here.

David David LeDuc is Senior Director, Public Policy at SIIA. He focuses on e-commerce, privacy, cyber security, cloud computing, open standards, e-government and information policy. Follow the SIIA public policy team on Twitter at @SIIAPolicy.