(light upbeat music) - [Interviewer] So GDPR is meant to protect data from those people in the European Union. Why doesn't the U.S. have something like GDPR? - That's a very fair question, why don't we have GDPR or why don't we have our version of protections? And there's a big push by many people to say, what are the bill of rights for your digital assets? Like as our increasing amount of our society becomes digital, how do you ensure that you have rights around that? And there's been some attempts but unfortunately, it's just the congress has not moved aggressively.
Now there is another thing that is important to talk about in here is that when legislation is written and rules are put in place, those rules do not iterate and keep up often with the arch of technology. And so, many of these things, like once a law has been put in place, it doesn't get updated or changed for nearly 30 years. There's something called GINA, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. That was written in the early days of human sequencing, of DNA sequencing.
But it hasn't been updated to think about the new ways that your DNA data could be used, abused, or any of those types of things. Same with HIPAA which is the rule set around protections around your health data. So we have to think about all of these things collectively and then we have to think about how does this intersect with the rights and the rules of the European Union or in Asia or in other countries? But also many times something we have to be importantly crisp about is where did these rules and principles come from? People get grumpy and upset about well, GDPR is the stance.
But let's put ourselves in the lens of Europe in World War II where people used data sets to find people of Jewish ancestry and used that to kill them in the Holocaust. Data was used in ways that we didn't expect at that time and in some ways, the lens in which we're looking is could that happen again and how do we ensure that protections of that type, that those atrocities will not happen again? And we should take that into account that those countries are not just talking about something that's abstract.
It's a history that happened and we should ask ourselves, how do we ensure that our data could never be used in a way that could be facilitated from that perspective? (light upbeat music)
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