Mary Meeker’s Annual Internet Report Includes Insights Into Privacy

This past week, Mary Meeker presented her annual Internet Trends report for 2018 at the Code Conference.  A copy of the slide deck is available here.  The report is widely respected by industry experts, and this year’s presentation included a number of insights that industry stakeholders will find relevant regarding data privacy and technology more broadly. One of Meeker’s key insights in her report was what she termed the privacy paradox.  Technology companies are increasingly using consumer data to provide consumers with better experiences and lower prices.  However, by collecting more consumer data those same companies need to work to avoid betraying consumers’ trust or running afoul of consumer data protection laws. Consumers see a real value in technology products, as Meeker highlighted the increasing amount of time people spend online.  U.S. adults spent an average of 5.9 hours per day with digital media in 2017, which was an…

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