Of Interest

  • Alert: Sunrise Coming in May for New Privacy Law, Enforcer in Japan

    Date published: 
    February 2, 2017

    "Woodrow Hartzog, Starnes Professor of Law at the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, told Bloomberg BNA that the amended act “makes some very important changes, but like with most new pieces of privacy legislation, many important terms will need to be more fully defined and interpreted.”

    Hartzog said that “under the old law, the privacy rules were largely conceived of as obligations on businesses.” Companies will probably see a rise in individuals requesting access to personal data and seeking to delete or correct that information, he said."

  • Illinois Issues: Hackers Expose Cybersecurity Holes In The State

    "That inability to address growing cyber risk is part of what makes state and local governments easy targets for hackers, says Brian Nussbaum, a professor focusing on cybersecurity at the State University of New York at Albany. At the federal level, defense and intelligence agencies have large security staffs with deep expertise that other federal agencies often rely on. “States really don’t have that deep well of technical assistance to draw upon,” says Nussbaum."

  • The 2,578 Problems With Self-Driving Cars

    Date published: 
    February 2, 2017

    "“Waymo’s report would seem to suggest substantial improvement,” says Bryant Walker-Smith, a professor at the University of South Carolina. “But I’d want to know whether Waymo’s system could handle any of the system-initiated disengagements by achieving a minimal risk condition, say by pulling off to the side of the road, rather than immediately disengaging.”"

  • Experts: DMV reports reveal driverless cars still need humans at the helm

    Date published: 
    February 1, 2017

    "“It’s a small glimpse into a small part of what a relatively small number of companies are doing,” said Bryant Walker Smith, a scholar with Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society.

    There are more questions that need answers, Smith said, such as what would happen if the driver didn’t intervene. Would the car know to pull to the side of the road to avoid a collision?"

  • Gorsuch Might Play Key Role In Cell Phone Privacy Issues If Confirmed To The Supreme Court

    Date published: 
    January 31, 2017

    "“We will see technical assistance to decrypt communications or facilitate access find its way to the court,” Albert Gidari, the director of privacy at Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society, told BuzzFeed News. “Trump spoke to this issue during the campaign, and I think there are a number of cases in the works for the Department of Justice that would be good candidates.”"

  • Trump’s SCOTUS Pick Needs to Get Tech—These Cases Show Why

    Date published: 
    January 31, 2017

    "Now the Supreme Court, which will hear arguments in this case in February, must decide whether constitutional rights apply across US borders. That’s where things get interesting for tech firms who store data on servers all over the world. “It sounds like it has nothing to do with technology, until you think about cloud,” says Neil Richards, a professor at Washington University Law School."

  • Encryption for All: Why This American Tradition Must Be Upheld

    Date published: 
    January 31, 2017

    "While many proponents of backdoors say that they are vital to intelligence gathering processes, privacy advocates like King believe that the very premise of a backdoor is faulty. “If you put a backdoor in for law enforcement, you put it in for China, you put it in for Russia,” King says. Meaning: if you engineer a backdoor for one purpose, you can’t guarantee that it won’t be exploited for another."

  • Fight over Tesla's ex-Autopilot director shows talent war escalating

    Date published: 
    January 30, 2017

    "“Many of the companies involved in automated driving are motivated by an intense combination of hope, greed and fear,” said Bryant Walker Smith, a law professor at the University of South Carolina who’s written about driverless car liability. “The tremendous competition for individuals and ideas was inevitably going to reach a courtroom, particularly given all the overlapping and conflicting interests in this field.”"

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