CRS Report: Technological Convergence: Regulatory, Digital Privacy, and Data Security Issues

From the executive summary of Technological Convergence: Regulatory, Digital Privacy, and Data Security Issues (R45746, May 30, 2019):

Technological convergence, in general, refers to the trend or phenomenon where two or more independent technologies integrate and form a new outcome. … Technological convergent devices share three key characteristics. First, converged devices can execute multiple functions to serve blended purpose. Second, converged devices can collect and use data in various formats and employ machine learning techniques to deliver enhanced user experience. Third, converged devices are connected to a network directly and/or are interconnected with other devices to offer ubiquitous access to users.

Technological convergence may present a range of issues where Congress may take legislative and/or oversight actions. Three selected issue areas associated with technological convergence are regulatory jurisdiction, digital privacy, and data security.

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