A recent op-ed from the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation makes the case for breaking up the Department of Commerce, calling it “a grab bag of incoherent functions, lacking key domestic industrial policy capabilities.”
The Biden Administration released a belated budget proposal for FY2022, including a 30 percent increase in funding for the Census Bureau.
The insights industry scored important legislative victories in the last month for pharmaceutical MR in Pennsylvania, data security in Utah, and more COVID-19 small business loans and grants at the federal level and in California. At the same time, we’re staring down lots of problematic legislation, including a new comprehensive data privacy law in Virginia and a complex excise tax on data collection in New York. Meanwhile, advocacy continues on issues like: California A.B. 2257; worrisome legislation in Congress that would allow for the unionization of research subjects; limitations on coronavirus-related exposure liability; the census; and restrictions on exit polling.
While the COVID-19 crisis “caused massive disruptions to the decennial census, which the Census Bureau is still trying to clean up… it also laid the groundwork for massive changes to the way the federal government looks at data.”
February may have the fewest days, but this month certainly is not short on legislative activity pertinent to the insights community, including comprehensive privacy bills, data security legislation, new taxes on the industry, liability limitation for COVID-19-related exposure, new leadership to oversee the census, and new rules for determining independent contractor status. Changes are also in the works for California A.B. 2257.
While the Insights Association was unable to get legislation passed before the end of 2020 to extend th
Congratulating U.S. President-Elect Joe Biden on his recent electoral victory, the leading trade association for the marketing research and data analytics industry urged him to focus on five key "challenges facing the Census Bureau" so that his incoming Administration "may hit the ground running."
The Insights Association joined with 370 other organizations in a joint letter urging the U.S. Senate “to give the U.S. Census Bureau sufficient time to thoroughly implement complex data processing activities and complete the most accurate 2020 Census possible.”
On October 13, the U.S. Supreme Court stayed a preliminary lower court injunction that had prevented the White House from ending the 2020 Census early. Counting operations will now end by October 15, with the Administration still aiming to deliver apportionment data from the 2020 Census on December 31, 2020.