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Published on March 2nd, 2017 | by Nick Wallace


The GDPR Could Take Your Job Before a Robot Does

Economist John Maynard Keynes once suggested, tongue only just in his cheek, that if governments want to create jobs, they could fill bottles with cash and bury them, so companies would hire workers to dig them up.

The EU’s incoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), its attempt to strengthen and unify data protection laws, looks like Keynesianism’s evil twin: while Keynes’s idea would benefit the unemployed with paying jobs and companies with bottled government cash, the GDPR looks set to create pointless work, destroy productive jobs, stifle innovation, and cost everybody money.

Read the full article in City A.M.

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Nick Wallace

Nick Wallace is a senior policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He previously worked as a government technology policy analyst at Ovum, a global consultancy based in London. He has a master’s degree in public policy jointly awarded from the Central European University in Budapest and the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals and a bachelor’s degree in politics from Liverpool John Moores University. Wallace speaks English, Spanish, and German.

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