Principle 5: Privacy laws should be adaptable to technological change

2.21 The design of legislative protections of privacy should be sufficiently flexible to adapt to rapidly changing technologies and capabilities without the need for constant amendments. At the same time, they should be drafted with sufficient precision and definition to promote certainty as to their application and interpretation.

2.22 Several stakeholders stressed the need for law reform to be technologically neutral to avoid the risk of becoming outdated by rapid developments in technology.[30] For example, Google submitted that there is a need for flexible, forward-looking and adaptive data policies to ensure that society may benefit from the many beneficial uses of data analytics.[31]