Data Catalyst partners with our Advisory Council and data privacy experts from around the world and across industries to release empirical analysis, topical research, and expert evaluation of data related policies and proposals. Resources and materials developed by Data Catalyst will be published regularly and available here.

January 2020
Say It Ain’t So: GDPR Data Regulation Hurts EU Economic Growth
Does government regulation of data measurably affect the economy? This technical report examines the consequences of GDPR for investment in new EU tech startups, concluding its effects are broadly negative.
December 2019
Data Borders: Unintended Consequences of Localization Policies
Data localization, storing data within the borders of a country where it was generated, may enable those countries to benefit from their “data assets.” However, this paper explores possible unintended consequences that would weaken economic growth.
December 2019
Backseat Driver: Privacy Implications of Connected Vehicles
Cars increasingly have wireless data connectivity that provides a range of services to drivers. This paper examines data ownership and privacy in relation to such “connected cars,” plus their potential use as mobile surveillance platforms.
November 2019
Mission Critical: Are Tech Platforms Critical Infrastructure?
This paper argues that large technology platforms may qualify as critical infrastructure. Assuming this is the case, the author reviews reasonable industry “good practices” for such companies working with the government to formalize this status.
November 2019
Digital Tightrope: Balancing Innovation and Consumer Protection in the Data-Driven Economy
As the recognition of the value of data in the global economy has steadily risen, so has public interest in how data is owned, transferred, and utilized. This paper explores the delicate regulatory balance between protecting consumer welfare and supporting digital innovation.
October 2019
Pipe Dream: Challenges With Data Portability in India
Proposed legislation in India would grant people a “right to data portability” (RDP), allowing them to retrieve their personal data from data controllers and transfer it to others. This paper analyzes the legally nuanced pros and cons of RDP to determine if it has a net benefit.
September 2019
It’s A Matter of Trust: Exploring Data Fiduciaries in India
An active debate about regulations governing data privacy and data protection that the rest of the world should pay attention to is taking place in India. This paper explores part of that debate -- the concept of treating data platforms as ‘fiduciaries’ within the context of Indian law.
September 2019
Let It Flow: Effects of Data Localization Regulations on Small Businesses
How might “data localization” regulations -- restrictions on data flow across international borders -- affect small business success? This research paper analyzes the challenges and opportunities facing small businesses in India due to such regulation.
September 2019
Data Minors: Challenges With Digital Age Verification
To minimize online risks to children, age-verification systems should be deployed on digital platforms. Our new paper shows all such systems have both pros and cons, and operate differently on different types of platforms and in different countries.
August 2019
An Overview of Data Governance in the Biomedical Economy
How do we develop new tools for governing the massive transformation and expansion of the digital economy? Our white paper explores how the concept of fiduciaries in the medical community might be applied to digital businesses and platforms.
June 2019
Seven Costs of Data Regulation Uncertainty
A patchwork of data protection and privacy regulations across the globe creates uncertainty and innumerable costs for businesses.
January 2019
Storm on the Horizon: How the U.S. CLOUD Act May Interact with Foreign Access to Evidence and Data Localization Laws
The U.S. Clarifying Legal Overseas Use of Data Act also known as the CLOUD Act, was enacted in March 2018...
November 2018
Los Datos como Factores de Eficiencia Económica
El Reglamento General de Protección de Datos (RGPD) entró en vigencia el 25 de mayo de 2018. La regulación busca proteger los datos "desde el diseño y por defecto", por lo que las empresas deben manejar los datos de acuerdo con un conjunto de principios.
November 2018
Data as a Driver of Economic Efficiency
GDPR became enforceable on May 25, 2018. The regulation aims to protect data by ‘design and default,’ whereby firms must handle data according to a set of principles.
October 2018
Data Protection Law: How It All Got Started
As data professionals, we tend to get trapped in the vicious cycle of “what comes next” and often do not take the time to understand the past.
April 2018
GDPR and the Privacy Shake-Up(ES)
Con la fecha de implementación de la GDPR acercándose rápidamente, está claro que esta nueva regulación europea de privacidad ha estado sacudiendo a los negocios…
April 2018
Acceso a Los Datos,Desafios y Potentcial
Actualmente, muchos países están discutiendo la forma en la cual los datos pueden generar valor público y privado.
April 2018
GDPR and the Privacy Shake-Up
Time to abandon zero-sum models and shift to positive-sum thinking

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