Almost 20 million Americans — 8 percent of the U.S. population — are blind or have visual impairments. Accordingly, organizations and businesses in nearly every industry stand to benefit from the use of vision related accessibility tools, which can increase employee productivity and provide a more inclusive user experience. To address this need, M365 incorporates a slew of tools and features – such as screen readers, text-to-speech, and color filters – that make it easier for end users with visual impairments to access, use, and benefit from M365 products. However, because these tools may collect and store user data in ways that may not be immediately apparent, businesses employing them must remain cognizant of the potential downstream risks associated with their use. Listen to our latest Tech Law Talks podcast episode, M365 accessibility: Vision-specific tools, as we discuss.

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The Summer 2022 Edition of the quarterly IT & Data Protection Newsletter by Reed Smith Germany has just been released:

English version

German version

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Background

On 1 August 2022, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) issued a decision (“Decision”) clarifying how the indirect disclosure of sexual orientation data is protected as special category data under Article 9 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). “Special Category Data” is defined within Article 9(1) of the GDPR and includes (for example) a data subject’s racial or ethnic origin or data concerning a natural person’s sex life or sexual orientation. The processing of such sensitive personal data is expressly prohibited, unless the processing is exempted from the prohibition in the sense of Article 9(2) GDPR.

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In the September edition of IAPP’s Privacy Advisor, Divonne Smoyer and Hubert Zanczak speak to Michigan State Attorney General, Dana Nessel, about her ongoing work in the area of consumer privacy, as well as her reaction to Dobbs, thoughts on state consumer privacy legislation and the spread of misinformation online.

Join us in our latest Tech Law Talks podcast series as we explore the regulatory topic du jour: eComms.  What are eComms and why are they resulting in fines in the hundreds of millions of dollars for some of the world’s largest banks?  The answer is simultaneously simple and complex: rapidly changing technology means keeping up with the variety of eComms, or electronic communications, used by businesses and applying decades-old regulations to new functionality is more challenging than ever before.

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The 2022 National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Presidential Summit, held last week in Des Moines, Iowa, signaled a clear partnership between state AGs, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to accomplish Iowa AG Tom Miller’s “fight back” presidential initiative: Consumer Protection 2.0: Tech Threats and Tools. Picking up from the 2021 kickoff of Miller’s NAAG initiative this past December, the NAAG Summit featured a variety of speakers from the federal, state, and private sectors, including, most notably, from the FTC and CFPB.

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With the new M365 comes several new and updated features with implications for eDiscovery and governance. Below are overviews of several of the new features discussed in Reed Smith’s Tech Law Talks podcast, and how organizations should utilize and capitalize on the new platform while complying with legal requirements.

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With increased digitization of business processes and services affecting all industries and enterprises, the need for accessible digital tools continues to grow. Indeed, 26% of adults living in the United States have some type of disability, highlighting the crucial role accessibility tools serve in ensuring an inclusive digital environment.  Furthermore, in certain instances, the implementation of accessibility best practices may be legally required. We discuss these issues in our most recent Tech Law Talks podcast.

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On 14 July 2022, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) has launched a public consultation on its draft strategic three year plan, titled “ICO25”. The plan sets out a commitment to safeguard the information rights of the most vulnerable individuals with the aim of empowering people to confidently share their information to use today’s market products and services, with work particularly targeting:

  • children’s privacy;
  • AI-driven discrimination;
  • the use of algorithms within the benefits system; and
  • the impact of predatory marketing calls.
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The UK HM Treasury recently published its proposal for regulating critical third parties (“CTP”) to the finance sector, which was followed by the UK financial regulators’ joint Discussion Paper.

Why regulating CTPs is necessary
Regulating CTPs to the financial sector is by no means a new concept. The EU’s Digital Operational Resilience Act (“DORA”), which looks to regulate critical Information Communication Technologies (“ICT”) service providers to the financial sector, has been provisionally agreed.  

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