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San Francisco Launches First “Internet of Things” Wireless Network in United States

With the onslaught of smart watches, smart thermostats, and even smart refrigerators that allow you to Tweet hangry messages to your followers, it’s only natural that a “smart city” would follow. This week, San Francisco city officials agreed to run a one-year pilot project with Sigfox – an FCC certified French start-up that builds low-power … Continue Reading

Study reports draft EU Data Protection Regulation leaves gaps in protection when it comes to Big Data, Internet of Things and smart devices

A study published 22 September 2015 criticises the EU’s development of its Digital Single Market (‘DSM’) strategy for being overly commercially and economically driven, with little attention to the key legal and social challenges regarding privacy and personal data protection. The development of the DSM should not be at the expense of individuals’ privacy rights, say … Continue Reading

UK offers improved cyber security training to boost procurement profession

On 23 June, the UK government introduced a new online cyber security training course designed to assist the procurement profession to stay safe online. After a recent government survey found that half of the worst breaches were caused by human error, the government aims to increase awareness and help organisations reduce risk. The course, freely … Continue Reading

Washington Amends its State Data Breach Notification Law

On April 13, the Washington State Senate unanimously passed an amendment to the state’s data breach notification law. The amendment, which was requested by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, and which we discussed in this previous post, passed the state house of representatives in March and is now awaiting the governor’s signature. The law will … Continue Reading

EU antitrust authorities to take value of personal data into consideration when reviewing digital markets in merger and antitrust cases

In an interview on 9 April 2015, European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager indicated that companies who control personal data could come under increased scrutiny from European antitrust authorities. She recognises that considerable sums of money can now be made by companies holding large data sets, commonly known as Big Data, by using the data to … Continue Reading

Update on State Attorneys General: Connecticut Creates a Permanent Privacy Department; NAAG Covers Big Data, Cybersecurity, and Cloud Computing; and States Amend Breach Laws

The federal government may be pushing a cybersecurity and data privacy agenda, but that doesn’t mean that the states are taking a back seat. The state attorneys general are maintaining their focus on issues relating to privacy and data security and expanding the scope of that focus to address the ever-evolving nature of those issues. … Continue Reading

South Korean Communications Commission Releases Guidelines on Data Protection for Big Data

In December 2014, the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) released the“Big Data Guidelines for Data Protection” (Guidelines). Aimed at Information and Communications Service Providers (ICSPs), they are designed to prevent the misuse of “publicly available information” to create and exploit new information. The Guidelines expressly permit ICSPs to collect and use “publicly available information”, within certain … Continue Reading

FTC Report Offers Privacy and Security Guidance for ‘Internet of Things’

This post was written by Frederick Lah. On Tuesday, January 27, the FTC issued a 71-page Staff Report on the privacy and security issues with the Internet of Things. As we’ve noted in our previous blog posts, the Internet of Things (“IoT”) refers to the growing ability of everyday devices to monitor and communicate information … Continue Reading

FTC Chairwoman Rings in the New Year with ‘Internet of Things’ Warning

While hundreds of tech companies are racing to develop the newest in Internet-connected “smart” devices, Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez is sending a reminder to those companies of their responsibilities to consumers. At the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas, January 6-9, Chairwoman Ramirez highlighted some best practices to address the … Continue Reading

Dutch Data Protection Authority Threatens Google with a €15 million fine

The Dutch data protection authority, College Bescherming Persoonsgegevens (CBP), released a cease and desist order requiring Google to pay €60,000 per day, up to a maximum of €15 million, for violating Dutch data protection law, Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens(Wbp). Google has until the end of February 2015 to change the way it handles personal data. The … Continue Reading

EU Art. 29 Working Party Opinion on the Internet of Things

The EU Article 29 Working Party (WP29) has issued an Opinion on ‘Recent Developments on the Internet of Things’ (Opinion). The Opinion stresses the privacy and security challenges generated by the development of the Internet of Things (IoT), while acknowledging the benefits of IoT to individual lives, and the prospect of significant economic growth within … Continue Reading

FTC Workshop on Big Data: Focus on Data Brokers

On September 15, the Federal Trade Commission held a workshop entitled “Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion?” FTC Commissioner Julie Brill took the opportunity to discuss an industry that she has consistently maintained requires more regulation and scrutiny: data brokers. Commissioner Brill stressed first that the FTC is very focused on entities regulated … Continue Reading

European Commission releases communication on building a data-driven economy, calling for a rapid conclusion to data-protection reform

In July, the European Commission (‘Commission’) published a communication titled “Towards a thriving data-driven economy” (‘Communication’), setting out the conditions that it believes are needed to establish a single market for big data and cloud computing. The Communication recognizes that the current legal environment is overly complex, creating “entry barriers to SMEs and [stifling] innovation.” … Continue Reading

N.Y. court rules U.S. warrants include overseas data: Microsoft loses first round of legal challenge

At the end of April, a magistrate judge of the Southern District of New York denied a motion filed by Microsoft for the quashing of a search warrant issued under the Stored Communications Act (the Act). Microsoft had argued that the warrant should be quashed because the data concerned was stored in Ireland, and the … Continue Reading

ANA Responds to Request for Information on Big Data

This post was written by Frederick Lah. Earlier this week, the ANA submitted its comments in response to a Federal Register Notice by the White House’s Science and Technology Policy Office seeking comments from industry participants on a variety of issues related to Big Data, including the public policy implications surrounding the use, gathering, storage … Continue Reading

NHS Advocates Selling Confidential Patient Data For Secondary Purposes

Latest plans announced by the UK’s Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) have resulted in a flurry of media controversy condemning NHS England (NHS) for advocating the sale of patient data to third parties for profitable gain. HSCIC, together with the NHS, has pioneered a new scheme, known as the ‘care.data’. From March 2014, … Continue Reading

Google Exposed as in Breach of Dutch Data Protection Law

The Dutch data protection authority, the College Bescherming Persoonsgegevens (CBP), has released a report following a seven-month investigation examining Google’s changes to its privacy policy. CBP’s report condemns Google for violating Dutch data protection law, the Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens (Wbp). Controversially in March 2012, Google made changes to its privacy policy (GPP2012) to allow the … Continue Reading

Big Data Is Better, Urges EU Commissioner

At Europe’s biggest digital technology event ICT 2013, Vice President of the European Commission Responsible for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, made a speech despairing that Europe is lagging behind the rest of the world in taking advantage of opportunities presented by big data. Kroes recognised it would be beneficial to “put the data together…the … Continue Reading

“Reclaim Your Name”: A Campaign Against Big Data?

This post was written by Frederick Lah. Earlier this summer, FTC Commissioner Julie Brill introduced her “Reclaim Your Name” initiative. Aimed toward the big data industry, the initiative urges data brokers to be more transparent and provide consumers with more control over their personal data. In a follow up, Commissioner Brill released an op-ed piece … Continue Reading

Pushing the Limits with Analytics

With more and more companies engaging in the field of analytics, companies continue to come up with new and innovative ways to harvest their fields of Big Data. For instance, on Tuesday, the New York Times reported on how a range of start-ups and established tech companies are focusing their analytics efforts on a technology … Continue Reading

Commissioner Brill Suggests ‘Reclaim Your Name’ Initiative for Consumer Control Over Big Data: FTC Signals Intent To Continue Debate Over Safeguards for Predictive Analytics

While the national conversation on data collection in the United States has been dominated recently by issues of national security, the FTC remains determined to push consumer privacy. In her keynote address at the recent Computers Freedom and Privacy Conference, Commissioner Julie Brill reaffirmed the Commission’s commitment to address so-called data brokers in a systematic … Continue Reading

Consumer Privacy Groups Submit Comments in Advance of FTC’s ‘Internet of Things’ Workshop

Refrigerators automatically doing grocery shopping for you on your drive home from work and cell phone attachments measuring glucose levels don’t necessarily seem like bad things. But with the explosion of cutting-edge smart devices and applications comes the mounting data privacy concerns of the so-called “Internet of Things.” The “Internet of Things” refers to the … Continue Reading
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