Legislation should not wait for some data disaster to happen that undermines the trust essential to a successful digital economy. One byproduct of the unauthorized disclosures about NSA surveillance has been to heighten awareness of just how much data each of us generates: data about data, data from various devices, data traveling and residing on multiple networks.
“This is ultimately about trust,” Kerry said. “The government can try to create a trusted framework. But it’s up to companies to build that trust.”
A complete text of Kerry’s remarks is here.