Giving Compass' Take:

· Writing for AEI, Roslyn Layton discusses the seven virtues of data privacy and protection, including: charity, faith, hope, fortitude, justice, temperance, and prudence.

· What are some common concerns with data privacy and protection? What is being done to improve privacy and data protection?

· Here's more on data privacy and protection

In a recent blog, I described seven deadly sins that animate the privacy and data protection policy debate. In thinking about legislation, policymakers can also cultivate the seven virtues: charity, faith, hope, fortitude, justice, temperance, and prudence.

Charity in bipartisanship
Charity (altruistic love) is an important virtue to cultivate. The growing consensus for data protection legislation, some 20 years in the making, illustrates how policymakers of both parties have genuine concern for people. Even The Washington Post editorialized on the development — a good news story amid the current political turmoil.

Faith and hope in strong policy solutions
If faith (trust or belief) is a function of the intellect, then hope (confidence in the future or expectation of something desired) is an act of the will. Various legislative proposals tap into ideological and frequently binary beliefs that only the market or the government can solve the problem. The truth is somewhere in the middle, as there is neither perfect market competition nor government intervention without downsides.

Read the full article about data privacy and protection by Roslyn Layton at AEI.