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ITI works to encourage governments around the world -- including the U.S. Government -- to develop policies that foster innovation and growth, yet at the same time, advance individual expectations of privacy.

On October 10, 2014, ITI joined twelve industry associations in providing input to NIST on the agency's privacy engineering initiative.

On March 27, 2014, ITI provided comments to the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy in connection with the administration's big data review. In our comments, we discuss the capabilities and benefits of large-scale data analytics, and the importance of fully understanding the potential of big data when considering the extent to which existing policy frameworks address big data privacy considerations. In our comments, we include a discussion of privacy risk-mitigation mechanisms that can be utilized in connection with large-scale data analytics. We also stress the importance of cross-border data flows to realize the potential of large-scale data analytics and we urge the administration to continue its efforts to minimize barriers to cross-border data flows.

On February 4, 2014, Dean Garfield testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee regarding FISA reform. Read his testimony here.

On January 16, 2014, ITI and SIIA released a set of global principles intended to apply to government collection of private sector data from commercial entities. The seven Global Principles include a call for greater transparency, appropriate oversight, and enhanced multi-national dialogue among all governments engaged in surveillance activities.

In 2013, ITI submitted three sets of comments to the administration relating to U.S. surveillance activities:

August 20 Comments to the White House

October 3 Comments to the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology

October 24 Submission to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

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News Releases

  • ITI Applauds Senate Confirming PCLOB Nominees (October 12, 2018)

    WASHINGTON – ITI, the global voice of the tech sector, released the following statement from president and CEO Dean Garfield applauding the Senate for confirming Adam Klein as Chairman of the Privacy and ...

  • ITI Hires Two to Grow Its Public Affairs Team (September 30, 2018)

    WASHINGTON – ITI, the global voice of the tech sector, announced today that Jennie Westbrook Courts and Clare Sahin joined its public affairs team as vice president of external affairs and manager of state ...

  • Tech Industry: NTIA Takes Positive Step to Advance Privacy Discussion (September 25, 2018)

    WASHINGTON – ITI president and CEO Dean Garfield released the following statement regarding the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) releasing a Request for Comments on privacy. ...

  • Tech Industry Welcomes ENCRYPT Act (June 07, 2018)

    WASHINGTON – ITI, the global voice of the tech sector, released the following statement from Senior Vice President for Government Affairs Andy Halataei on the Ensuring National Constitutional Rights for ...

  • Business and Tech Groups Call For More Review of ePrivacy Regulation (May 31, 2018)

    BRUSSELS – ITI, the global voice of the tech sector, joined 53 other business and tech associations in sending a letter to Member States ahead of the 8 June Telecoms (TTE) Council calling for more reflection ...

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