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Google's top policy chief calls for 'common rules of the road' globally for tech regulation


Added 02-10-19 07:02:02am EST - “Google's top policy chief has called for "common rules of the road" globally when it comes to regulation of technology, amid ongoing debate around the world on how to create legislation for the internet economy.” - Cnbc.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Cnbc.com: “Google's top policy chief calls for 'common rules of the road' globally for tech regulation”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Google's top policy chief has called for "common rules of the road" globally when it comes to the regulation of technology, amid ongoing debate around the world on how to create legislation for the internet economy.

Karan Bhatia, vice president of global public policy and government relations at Google, said that while a one size fits all approach to regulation would not work, he would welcome some "convergence" of regulation globally.

"Some coordination on this, some level of collaboration, I think is going to be absolutely critical. We are very supportive of international efforts on multiple fronts to sort of create that level of dialogue and ideally common rules of the road," Bhatia said during a CNBC-hosted panel at the World Government Summit in Dubai on Sunday.

Governments around the world are trying to figure out how to regulate technology from data and privacy to taxation. But there is a fragmented approach. The biggest piece of legislation has been the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which governs all companies operating in the 28 European Union member states.

But other countries have gone their own way. In the U.S. for example, the state of California wants to introduce its own privacy laws in the absence of any federal regulation. China has its own entirely separate rules particularly around censorship of content.

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