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NIST to Begin Workshops to Develop Voluntary Privacy Framework for New Tech Platforms like AI and IoT

The Trump administration has announced plans to develop a “voluntary privacy framework” to address privacy issues associated with “an increasingly connected and complex environment,” including “cutting-edge” technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI). The initiative will be led by the Commerce Department’s National Institute of …

The 11th Annual Shared Assessments Summit 2018

Third Party Risk Management requires organizations to continually improve their processes to stay one step ahead of the challenges and complexities of outsourcing mission-critical services. New technologies must be integrated, new attacks thwarted and new regulations must be integrated.

The Summit, now in its 11th year, is the premier global, …

Reinstated CPNI Regulations Require Providers to File Annual FCC CPNI Certification by March 1, 2018

As we previously advised, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reinstated its customer proprietary network information (“CPNI”) rules governing the privacy obligations of telecommunications and VoIP service providers under Section 222. As a result, the annual certification for calendar year 2017 must be filed with the FCC by March 1,

FCC Targets “Robocalls” By Enabling Voice Providers to Block Inherently Suspect Phone Numbers

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted rules aimed at reducing the incidence of “robocalls” by allowing voice service providers to block, before they reach consumers, calls that originate from phone numbers that strongly suggest the call is illicit. Such autodialed, usually prerecorded calls, the FCC says, often involve scams …

China Prohibits Unverified Internet Users to Post Online Comments

On August 25, 2017, the Cyberspace Administration of China (“CAC”) issued the Administrative Provisions for Services concerning Internet Comment Posting (the “Internet Comment Posting Provisions”) and the Administrative Provisions for Services concerning Internet Forums and Communities (the “Internet Forum and Community Services Provisions”), both of which will become effective on …

Draft Cybersecurity Legislation Would Impose Substantial New Obligations on Vendors Selling Interconnected Devices to the U.S. Government

On Tuesday, August 1, 2017, a bipartisan group of four Senators from the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus introduced legislation designed to improve the cybersecurity of devices purchased by the U.S. government and – albeit indirectly – sold anywhere in the U.S. or the world.

The legislation – the “Internet of Things …

Washington’s New Biometric Privacy Law: What Businesses Need to Know

With the rise in hackings and data breaches, companies and government agencies are looking for ways to protect their data that offer more security than passwords. Because passwords are easily lost, stolen, guessed, and cracked by hackers, companies are shifting to the use of biological characteristics that uniquely identify you, …

(Connected) Toy Story: The FTC Updates the COPPA Compliance Plan

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently issued an updated “Six-Step Compliance Plan for Businesses” (“Compliance Plan”) for entities subject to the Federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”), 15 U.S.C. §§ 6501-6506, to “reflect developments in the marketplace—for example, the introduction of internet-connected toys and other devices for kids.” COPPA …

FCC Reinstates CPNI Privacy Regulations (and Compliance Filing Obligations) for Telecom and VoIP Service Providers

In a recent order, the FCC has reinstated its customer proprietary network information (“CPNI”) rules governing the privacy obligations of voice service providers under Section 222. This action follows the Congressional repeal of the FCC’s 2016 Privacy Order that had extended CPNI regulations to broadband internet access services. As …

Federal Appeals Court Affirms TCPA Consent Cannot Be Revoked if Granted By Contract

Last week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in Reyes v. Lincoln Automotive Financial Services that a consumer does not have the right to revoke consent to autodialed and/or prerecorded calls to his a mobile device where consent was part of a bargained-for agreement between the …

Top Takeaways from DWT’s Cloud & Big Data Conference

Davis Wright Tremaine hosted its fourth conference on the legal, regulatory, and commercial landscapes surrounding these rapidly emerging fields. What are the big lessons for your business?

Cloud computing and big data have grown into essential services for businesses in nearly every economic sector, according to the attendees at DWT’s

A Crash Course on the Internet of Things

You may have heard the term, but how well do you really understand the “Internet of Things”?

Armed with an ever-increasing list of Internet-connected devices capable of collecting employee data, how can your company leverage advantages to employee productivity and collaboration and reduce exposure to information security and privacy pitfalls?…

FTC Settles with Router Manufacturer for Security Failure

As the number of smart devices in homes connected to the Internet continues to grow, the need to keep home networks secure becomes increasingly important.

Device manufacturers that promise to secure these home networks, but fail to do so, may face increased scrutiny from the FTC following the agency’s latest …

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