Principles-Based Regulation and Emerging Technology

Ruth B. Carter, Gary E. Marchant

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3 Scopus citations


This chapter considers the application of principles-based regulation to the regulation of emerging technologies in the United States. Principles-based regulation is used in financial regulation outside the United States. Concrete rules are often swiftly obsolete in industries where innovation is common. Principles-based regulation would give the government an opportunity to keep up with technological advances. If principles-based regulation was used instead of rules-based regulation, this could be a more efficient system because companies would have more flexibility and freedom in their product designs. Some of the drawbacks of employing this system with technology are that companies will seek assurance that they are in compliance before investing millions of dollars into a project that could be deemed illegal and companies will be hesitant to reveal information to prove that they are in compliance with the regulations because it could also reveal trade secrets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Library of Ethics, Law and Technology
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2011

Publication series

NameInternational Library of Ethics, Law and Technology
ISSN (Print)1875-0044
ISSN (Electronic)1875-0036


  • Emerging technologies
  • Financial regulation
  • Principles-based regulation
  • Regulation
  • Rules-based regulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Information Systems
  • Public Administration
  • Safety Research


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