Of Interest

  • GDPR Oddsmakers: Who, Where, When Will Enforcement Hit First?

    Date published: 
    May 25, 2018

    "There are probably as many answers to those question as there are supervisory authorities (SAs), and there are many, notes Omer Tene, vice president and chief knowledge officer of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Tene points out that there are 28 different EU member states, and not only might they have individual federal authorities, but they may also have a dozen more for individual states - similar to the US system. Different authorities have different priorities and different "appetites" for litigation or punitive action, he says."

  • Here’s how Europe’s data privacy law could take down Facebook

    Author(s): 
    Henry Farrell
    Publication Date: 
    May 25, 2018
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    On Friday, the European Union’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) privacy regulation goes into effect. Many articles have been written complaining that the regulation is ambiguous, confusing and difficult to implement.

  • The exit polls say Ireland has voted to legalize abortion with a smashing majority

    Author(s): 
    Henry Farrell
    Publication Date: 
    May 25, 2018
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    An Irish Times exit poll says Ireland has voted to repeal the constitutional provision banning abortion with a crushing majority. The poll says that 68 percent voted yes and 32 percent voted against. People on both sides had expected a yes vote over the past couple of days; few had expected that the margin would be so decisive.

  • Amazon Echo sent family's private conversation to another user

    Date published: 
    May 25, 2018

    "Ryan Calo, a law professor who co-directs the University of Washington's tech policy lab, said while there are upsides to these technologies, there are also downsides to be considered. One of those risks, he said, is normalizing a feeling that a person is never alone, even in their own home.

  • Most U.S. Adults in Poll Unwilling to Share Personal Data for Ads to Keep a Service Free

    Date published: 
    May 25, 2018

    "As Jennifer King, director of consumer privacy at Stanford University’s Center for Internet and Society, points out, timing is everything.

    She said it is “an incredible coincidence” that the news about the Cambridge Analytica breach came out around the same time that GDPR was getting ready to be implemented “because it has shone the light on the threat third-party data collectors pose in the ecosystem,” she said Monday by phone.

  • Uber Self-Driving Car in Crash Wasn't Programmed to Brake

    Date published: 
    May 24, 2018

    ""That seems like a serious design omission," Bryant Walker Smith, a professor at the University of South Carolina’s School of Law, who studies autonomous vehicle regulations. "I can understand disabling Volvo’s systems, but it sounds like a lot of tasks were placed on a single safety driver."

    It’s further evidence that people just don’t experience driverless cars as being their responsibility even when they’ve been told that it is, even when the system relies on them," said Ryan Calo, a law professor at the University of Washington."
  • This Is How Alexa Can Record Private Conversations

    Date published: 
    May 24, 2018

    "People have been willing to overlook glitches in the Echo, like it turning on accidentally or without the wake word being uttered, said Ryan Calo, an associate law professor at the University of Washington who researches how law applies to technology. This incident is more alarming since a private conversation was recorded and sent to a third party, he said.

    "Think about how uncomfortable the millions of people who own these things now feel," Calo said. "The real harm is the invasion into solitude people now experience in their homes.""

  • California's Heavy-Handed Plan to Regulate the Self-Driving Car Biz

    Date published: 
    May 24, 2018

    "“The transportation network company experience has shaped everyone’s view of how to approach these things,” says Bryant Walker Smith, a lawyer who studies driverless vehicle regulations at the University of South Carolina School of Law. That was the classic horse-is-gone, close-the-barn-door maneuver, and this is an opportunity to start afresh. “If you’re going to open the barn door, make sure the horse is still in there and then open it a bit at a time.”"

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