When there's gridlock in Washington, like we've seen for most of 2017, Congress reacts by holding hearings both to appear busy and to lay the foundation on policy priorities they'll act upon once movement resumes. Wednesday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing focused on data. Data drives the digital economy and our members use it daily to reach and serve users. Changes to how it's regulated will impact developers across the globe, how they build apps, work with platforms, and collect and use consumer information. If you're a developer or rely on them to operate, you should be on alert and at the ready to ensure your ability to conduct business and innovate isn't significantly hindered when Congress inevitably takes action on data.