BUSINESS & INDUSTRY

BUSINESS & INDUSTRY

PRINCIPLE:

The success and growth of the technology sector in Georgia is critical to our state’s long term growth. Through targeted policies, the state can enable both entrepreneurial startups and established tech companies to prosper in urban and rural areas. It is important that Georgia supports private sector, market driven solutions that are free of burdensome regulation and foster a globally competitive business environment. Georgia must be a leader not just in the southeast but in the country.

  • TAG supports market-based solutions free from unnecessary government regulation or rule.
  • TAG supports policies that promote a well-balanced, equitable and competitive environment for the development of all technology companies.
  • TAG supports the expansion of rural outsourcing, increasing the technology workforce and limiting threats to data security.
  • TAG supports the implementation of federal and state patent boxes to become a more competitive state for technology and innovation. Intellectual Property verbiage.
  • TAG supports any initiatives that attract the most talented workforce to fill talent gaps in Georgia.
  • TAG supports the growth and expansion of the sharing economy, and encourages the economic opportunities and technological advances the sharing economy promotes. Oppose any regulation that stifles innovation. 

DATA INFORMATION SECURITY

ISSUE:

The need for a strong public-private partnership in cybersecurity becomes more obvious with every cyber-attack. Enhanced voluntary information sharing between industry and government would go a long way in helping to mitigate attacks. At every level of government, there are a variety of challenges being faced in ensuring a strong cybersecurity workforce including: ability to recruit and retain talent; funding for workforce needs; and a lack of career pathways. With the 47 different state data breach laws, often conflicting, nearly impossible for companies to determine which state laws apply when a breach occurs. The current regulatory landscape not only places an immense financial compliance burden on businesses, but also delays the process of getting information into the hands of those who need it most: the customers whose data was compromised.

WHAT TAG SUPPORTS:

• TAG supports a national standard for data breach notification that would provide consumers and businesses with consistency and predictability on how consumer notice must be provided.
• TAG supports fostering the public-private partnership that already exists between the government and industry by creating a trusted environment that makes the sharing of information easier for both contingents.
• TAG supports laws that encourage the growth and expansion of the Internet of Things. TAG also encourages companies to use data security and privacy best practices when collecting and using IoT data.
• TAG supports the responsible use and stewardship of student data by schools, districts, and service providers, including analyzing student data to deliver personalized learning experiences to improve products for use.
• TAG supports initiatives to enhance the overall cybersecurity posture of the United States by accelerating the availability of educational and training resources designed to improve the cyber behavior, skills, and knowledge of every segment of the population, enabling a safer cyberspace for all.


BROADBAND ACCESS

ISSUE:

Broadband has become a key priority of the 21st Century, a transformative power as an enabler for economic and social growth makes it an essential tool for empowering people, creating an environment that nurtures the technological and service innovation, and triggering positive change in business processes as well as in society as a whole.

In large part, the remarkable growth and quality of high-speed internet access in the U.S. today can be attributed to private sector investment and innovation. Even given this level of private investment, gaps in internet access remain and are primarily found in rural and hard-to-reach areas. These gaps in deployment of high-speed networks are due to the difficult economics presented by high-costs and low population densities.

Access to a high-speed network throughout the state of Georgia provides the necessary broadband infrastructure to foster economic growth, improve health care, education and municipal government, and strengthen public safety.

WHAT TAG SUPPORTS:

TAG supports eliminating barriers that make it difficult or prevent broadband deployment in the state and to eliminate the taxation (state & local) on investments in broadband networks. TAG supports educating the communities about the potential benefits of broadband services and programs that help communities gain access to high-speed internet at home and work. This is key to strengthen and create a robust economy in industries where Georgia leads.


DECEDENT ACCOUNTS 

ISSUE:

What happens to your digital accounts when you die?

Because the federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act, originally passed in 1986 and only updated a handful of times since then, is clear on communication between providers and users, closing digital accounts post-death has become a question. Providers feel that they are strictly held to the letter of the law and will not allow individuals who are not the registered users of the account to gain access to contents of the account in question without direct communication from the original user.

WHAT TAG SUPPORTS:

TAG supports access to transactional data of digital accounts.

Transactional data would allow estate executors to determine what, if any, accounts the user owned and could point the direction to close out the deceased’s estate. For example, directional information such as the “to” and “from” of an email could potentially be released, but anything in the subject or body may not. Any contents within an account such as emails, images, documents, etc. may not be released without permission from the user. Until the federal law is changed, which we support, we cannot allow more than transactional data to be released at this time.


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