Policy actions sorted A-Z.
Policy actions sorted A-Z.
Government policy should focus on technology as a priority. Legislation should be enacted that benefits all industries.
Technologies prioritised don’t contribute to a strong foundation for the benefits to emerge.
Poor contract negotiation locks Governments into particular providers.
People are able to permanently opt-out of communications.
United Kingdom: Telephone Preference Service, a central register for opting out of marketing calls. A similar service exists in the US.
United States: The CAN-SPAM Act of 2003. Requires promotional emails to contain unsubscribe links as well as the mailing address of the sender.
European Union: The Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications requires consent from the data subject before unsolicited communications are sent.
Australia: The Spam Act 2003 requires data subjects to opt-in to unsolicited communications. These unsolicited communications need to include a clear statement of the identity of the sender and clear opt-out instructions.
People are able to opt-out permanently of tracking, both digitally and physically, to prevent their activity being monitored by invasive service providers, such as advertisers.
United States: There have been failed attempts at different levels of government to pass laws that regulate the online tracking of individuals.
South Korea: Websites that have more than 10,000 daily active users are not allowed to collect resident registration numbers.
Do Not Track is a feature of the standard used to serve websites in browsers. It allows users to consent to data being shared between websites for the purposes of serving adverts. Most major browsers implement this part of the standard, but there is no legal requirement to do so. The US Federal Trade Commission recommended its usage in December 2010.
Visitors to Hyde Park in London were tracked using mobile phone data. The park authority says the tracking would “inform policing of crowds at large events, tailor amenities to park usage and protect the ecology of the park”.
Commuters in London were tracked by TfL using MAC addresses from devices with Wi-Fi switched on.
Short-range transmitters like Apple iBeacon can be used to push notifications to consumers in physical stores.
Digital services should be translated and appropriately adapted to meet the needs of the communities using them. This is particularly important in non-English speaking countries and countries with distinct communities that use minority languages.
Worldwide: ICANN, the international organisation that maintains the domain name system, introduced the ability to create domain names that use non-Latin characters in website addresses.
Canada: The accessibility of public services in English and French is legally mandated.
Set rules that require data to be encrypted when sent across the internet to prevent it from being intercepted by an unauthorised third party.
United Kingdom: Part of the Government Digital Service Standard requires the use of HTTPS.
United States: Memorandum M-15-13 from the Federal Chief Information Officer that stated that all publicly accessible Federal websites and web services must only do so through a secure connection.
In-transit encryption is a requirement in the PCI credit card transaction standards.