Opt-In Requirements: The Hidden Red Tape of Privacy Laws

Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Thursday, October 12, 2017
12:00–1:30 p.m.

Many privacy advocates argue businesses should have a legal obligation to obtain affirmative consent from consumers before collecting and processing data about them, because they believe such a requirement is necessary to ensure people have full control of their personal information. However, a growing body of research shows that creating “opt-in” instead of “opt-out” policies can have a negative impact on businesses—both raising their costs and limiting how they use data. These effects are then passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices and lower-quality products and services.

A discussion about this ongoing privacy debate, including the latest research on the economics of privacy, private-sector efforts to provide consumer choice on privacy, and opportunities for policymakers to streamline the digital economy while safeguarding individual privacy and encouraging innovation.


Daniel Castro
Vice President
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

John Verdi
Vice President of Policy
Future of Privacy Forum

Lunch will be served.

This event also will be live-streamed and a recording will be available following the event. Follow @ITIFdc during the event and join the conversation.