Employment Practices and Future Technologies - Taking the Human Out of Human Resources
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- The machines are taking over. Not always apparent, but Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are finding footholds in numerous industries. One area in which AI is rapidly on the rise relates to employment practices and employee control. But before embracing the future,... ›
California Seeks to Strengthen Tough Privacy Laws
By: Purvi G. PatelIf you thought California’s privacy laws couldn’t get any tougher, think again. The California Legislature has proposed amendments to the California Consumer Privacy Act and additional privacy bills that could expand businesses’ privacy and data security obligations and heighten liability for noncompliance. These proposals confirm... ›
Thank You, Next Enforcement: Music Video App Violates COPPA, Will Pay $5.7 Million
By: Julie O'NeillThe cost for violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), intended to ensure parents are informed about, and can control, the online collection of personal information (PI) from their children under age thirteen, has been steadily rising, and companies subject to the law... ›
The Cookie Wall Must Go Up. Or Not?
Federal Government Expansion and Application of Artificial Intelligence Technologies
By: Tina D. ReynoldsBy all accounts 2019 will bring significant expansion in the use and development of artificial intelligence (AI) by the U.S. federal government. Notwithstanding some well-publicized rejections by industry of the use of their AI technologies for offensive military and surveillance applications, the federal government... ›
A Complete About-Face: Courts Disagree on Harm Requirement Under Biometric Privacy Law
By: Julie O'Neill and Max Phillip ZidelA recent decision indicates that failure to comply with the Illinois biometric privacy law may expose businesses to significant liability, even where there has been no actual harm to the plaintiffs. Can a user of a cloud-based photo-sharing and storage service sue the provider... ›
Tokenization + the SEC – Part 1Dario de Martino discusses the real possibilities and opportunities around security tokens, from a business standpoint, the legal perspective, and from a retail investor point of view. Topics include: What are the advantages of tokenizing securities? How do Securities laws work generally in the... ›
Privacy Shield-Certified Organizations: Key Takeaways from the Privacy Shield Annual Review
By: Cynthia J. RichThe EU regulators’ recent report on the second annual review of the EU-US Privacy Shield provides some valuable compliance reminders for organizations that have certified or intend to certify to the Privacy Shield program. The report, which mainly focuses on the EU regulators’ ongoing... ›
Transforming the U.S. Healthcare Industry with Blockchain Technology
By: Spencer D. Klein, Julie O'Neill and Mary RacePatients accumulate vast quantities of healthcare data over the course of their lives. Those data are generally housed in centralized servers operated by various unrelated industry participants, including government regulators and payors, insurance carriers, hospitals, doctors, pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies. Unfortunately, those repositories rely... ›
Time to Hit Pause: Copyright Infringement on User Generated Platforms – When Is the Platform Provider Liable for Damages?
By: Kristina Ehle and Stephan KreßContent uploaded on to the Internet by users (e.g., music, videos, literature, photos, streaming of live events such as gaming and concerts – so-called “user-generated content”) has spawned a series of legal cases in Europe. In 2019, decisions of the European Court of Justice (CJEU)... ›