Future generations will judge our response to the COVID-19 pandemic not only by our real-time public health and economic actions, but also by our post-pandemic regulatory choices. One of these choices will be how Congress should address the data privacy question, which is rising to new prominence as we embrace the notion that tech and data are integral to a successful and modern pandemic response.
Once we are on the other side of this critical moment, we must come together as a society, draw from the lessons learned, and create a national privacy standard that balances continued innovation and individual privacy. This is not only possible. It is imperative.