Which election scenarios are likely?
Three scenarios have reasonable odds of happening: a Biden election with a split Congress; a Trump election with a split Congress; or a Biden election with a Democrat-controlled Congress.
How will the results of the election influence federal data privacy laws?
Congress is moving toward passing a federal privacy law in the new Congress. The shape and timing of the law, however, will be very different depending on which party is in the majority. A Democratic majority in both houses of Congress may leave states the option to maintain tougher laws than federal policy and may give individuals the right to bring complaints directly, while a Republican bill would be more limited.
How have the coronavirus pandemic and Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests changed priorities?
Remote work and schooling have raised broadband access to a top priority. The trend has also revealed how much personal information is tracked, increasing discussions of privacy laws. The BLM protests raised the issue of systemic discrimination and put algorithmic bias higher on the policy agenda, at least for Democrats.
How will the election influence Big Tech?
There’s a rising consensus that antitrust regulations need to be tightened, but Democrats are more in favor of broad redefinition of laws that would lead to more substantial changes. Liability exemptions for platforms that host or republish content they didn’t create will also come under increasing scrutiny, although it’s unlikely those protections will be fully revoked.
WHAT’S IN THIS REPORT? This report looks at six key policy areas that affect marketers and how various US election scenarios would influence the government’s approach to them going forward.
KEY STAT: Clear majorities of US adults want more regulation of data, monopolies, and online behavior by companies.
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