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  • DHS Cybersecurity Arm Directs Executive Agencies to Develop Vulnerability Disclosure Policies December 3, 2019
    On November 27, 2019, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released for public comment a draft of Binding Operational Directive 20-01, Develop and Publish a Vulnerability...
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  • Open Internet Advocates Rejoice: Ninth Circuit Finds Web Scraping of Publicly Accessible Data Likely Does Not Violate CFAA October 28, 2019
    The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently handed open internet advocates a big win by upholding the right of a data analytics startup to use automated bots to scrape publicly available data (hiQ Labs, Inc. v. LinkedIn Corp., No. 17-16783 (9th...
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  • The ABA Speaks on AI August 15, 2019
    Earlier this week, the American Bar Association (“ABA”) House of Delegates, charged with developing policy for the ABA, approved Resolution 112 which urges lawyers and courts to reflect on their use (or non-use) of artificial intelligence (“AI”)...
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  • Is Anonymized Data Truly Safe From Re-Identification? Maybe not. August 5, 2019
    Across all industries, data collection is ubiquitous.   One recent study estimates that over 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created every day, and over 90% of the data in the world was generated over the last two years. Not surprisingly, the...
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  • FTC Settlement Reminds IoT Companies to Employ Prudent Software Development Practices July 31, 2019
    Smart home products manufacturer  D-Link Systems Inc. (D-Link) has reached a proposed settlement with the Federal Trade Commission after several years of litigation over D-Link’s security practices. The dispute, which dates back to early 2017, has...
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  • Beyond GDPR: Brexit’s Effect on other Data Laws June 20, 2019
    Since the United Kingdom (UK) voted in June, 2016, to exit the European Union (i.e., “Brexit”), the question in many minds has been, “Whither GDPR?”  After all, the UK was a substantial contributor to this legislation.  The UK has offered...
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  • San Francisco Says The Eyes Don’t Have It: Setting Limits on Facial Recognition Technology May 16, 2019
    On May 14, 2019, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 8-1 to approve a proposal that will ban all city agencies, including law enforcement entities, from using facial recognition technologies in the performance of their duties.  San...
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  • NYC’s Task Force to Tackle Algorithmic Bias: A Study in Inertia May 2, 2019
    In December, 2017 the New York City Council passed Local Law 49, the first law in the country designed to address algorithmic bias and discrimination occurring as a result of algorithms used by City agencies. Local Law 49 created an Automated...
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  • U.S. Lawmakers Want Companies to Check their Bias April 26, 2019
    Although algorithms are often presumed to be objective and unbiased, technology companies are under increased scrutiny for alleged discriminatory practices related to their use of artificial intelligence. As a result of the rising concern that...
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  • The Weight of “GDPR Lite” March 19, 2019
    In June, 2018, California’s legislature took the first steps to ensure that the state’s approach to data privacy was trending more closely to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the de facto global industry standard for...
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Part III of III | FTC Provides Guidance on Reasonable Data Security Practices

Part III of III | FTC Provides Guidance on Reasonable Data Security Practices

By Linda Henry | Over the past 15 years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has brought more than 60 cases against companies for unfair or deceptive data security practices that put consumers’ personal data at unreasonable risk.  Although the FTC has stated that the touchstone of its approach to data security is reasonableness, the FTC has faced considerable criticism from the business community for lack of clarity as to as to what it considers reasonable data security.

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Apple’s X-Cellent Response to Sen. Franken’s Queries Regarding Facial Recognition Technologies

Apple’s X-Cellent Response to Sen. Franken’s Queries Regarding Facial Recognition Technologies

By Dawn Ingley | Recently, I wrote an article outlining the growing body of state legislation designed to address and mitigate emerging privacy concerns over facial recognition technologies.  It now appears that the issue will be examined at the federal level.  In September, Senator Al Franken of Minnesota, concerned that certain Apple technologies would be used to benefit other sectors of its business, as a “big data” profit center or to satisfy law enforcement agency requests, issued a series of pointed questions to Apple regarding its iPhone X’s FaceID.  That letter included the following questions…

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Pros and Cons of Hiring a Security Rating Agency

Pros and Cons of Hiring a Security Rating Agency

By Jennifer Thompson | One can hardly check out any news outlet today without reading or hearing about a security breach.  Experts frequently advocate performing internal assessments to identify security weaknesses.  Commentators tout the importance of assessing the security of the entities with which you do business.  Investors, partners and markets shy away from companies that are not proactive enough with respect to security. Given the multitude of variables involved and security measures available, how can a company convey the effectiveness of its own security program in a meaningful manner? Further, given how fact and business-specific that security is, how can one company compare its own security measures to those taken by another company?  Many companies turn to independent ratings agencies for an objective evaluation and systematized rating.

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Part II of III | FTC Provides Guidance on Reasonable Data Security Practices

Part II of III | FTC Provides Guidance on Reasonable Data Security Practices

By Linda Henry | Over the past 15 years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has brought more than 60 cases against companies for unfair or deceptive data security practices that put consumers’ personal data at unreasonable risk.  Although the FTC has stated that the touchstone of its approach to data security is reasonableness, the FTC has faced considerable criticism from the business community for lack of clarity as to as to what it considers reasonable data security.

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Part I of III | FTC Provides Guidance on Reasonable Data Security Practices

Part I of III | FTC Provides Guidance on Reasonable Data Security Practices

By Linda Henry | Over the past 15 years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has brought more than 60 cases against companies for unfair or deceptive data security practices that put consumers’ personal data at unreasonable risk.  Although the FTC has stated that the touchstone of its approach to data security is reasonableness, the FTC has faced considerable criticism from the business community for lack of clarity as to as to what it considers reasonable data security.

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