Getting the balance right between innovation and regulation

Stifling innovation or keeping people safe from out-of-control technology, debate around EU regulation is frequent and forthright. Ian Campbell reports

Listen in on Silicon Valley chatter and it won’t be long before you hear someone say that Europe is where innovation goes to die, that excessive regulation is a barrier to tech firms making the world a better place.

The converse argument – echoing off the walls of the EU Commission headquarters – is that someone has to draw a line in the sand on the uncontrollable rise of technology, because US federal and state ...