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Congress should create a Data Policy Office within the Department of Commerce to focus on data policies that foster economic activity.

Congress should create a Data Policy Office within the Department of Commerce to focus on data policies that foster economic activity, including policies that increase data sharing, reduce barriers to global information flows, and protect consumer privacy. For example, the Data Policy Office could evaluate the impact of data regulations on competition and innovation, fund research on important issues like data anonymization, and work with other nations to improve international frameworks for sharing data across borders.