Today, the Fashion Innovation Alliance (FIA) sent recommendations on developing a Privacy Framework to the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) — highlighting the importance of weaving ethics into privacy practices and building a diverse and inclusive workforce of privacy and data security professionals.

“Over the past year, citizens around the world have witnessed the devastating effects when companies do not respect human data and the users of their products and services,” said Kenya Wiley, Fashion Innovation Alliance Founder and CEO. “Weaving ethics into privacy discussions around talent and data will help to improve trust and transparency in the products and platforms powered by such companies.”

FIA’s comments also noted the lack of diversity and inclusion for senior privacy officials.

“A lack of diversity at the top levels of the industry suggests there are cultural blind spots within these entities that may leave underrepresented segments of the population at increased risk for privacy breaches,” said Wiley.

NIST posted the Request for Information on Developing a Privacy Framework along with the January 14 deadline prior to the federal government’s partial shutdown.

The Fashion Innovation Alliance’s recommendations to NIST are available here.

About the Fashion Innovation Alliance

The Fashion Innovation Alliance was founded in 2016 to provide a platform and voice for leaders working at the intersection of design, retail and technology. FIA is the first organization to address global policy and regulatory compliance, access to capital, inclusion and innovation in fashion tech and beauty tech — from the lens of creative visionaries on both sides of the Atlantic.

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