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The FTC and Privacy and Security Duties for the Cloud

Author(s): 
Woodrow Hartzog
Publication Date: 
April 7, 2014
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Third-party data service providers, especially providers of cloud computing services, present unique and difficult privacy and data security challenges. While many companies that directly collect data from consumers are bound by the promises they make to individuals in their privacy policies, cloud service providers are usually not a part of this arrangement. It is not entirely clear what, if any, obligations cloud service providers have to protect the data of individuals with whom they have no contractual relationship. Read more » about The FTC and Privacy and Security Duties for the Cloud

What Does the Internet of Things Mean for Corporate Secrecy?

Author(s): 
David Levine
Publication Date: 
April 4, 2014
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Last week, a new group called the Industrial Internet Consortium—made up of several technology companies including AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM, Intel and interestingly, Vanderbilt University—announced its plans to create engineering standards for the “Internet of Things.” IoT refers to the connection of smartphones, routers, thermostats, sensors, and other objects to the I Read more » about What Does the Internet of Things Mean for Corporate Secrecy?

Reviving Implied Confidentiality

Author(s): 
Woodrow Hartzog
Publication Date: 
March 5, 2014
Publication Type: 
Academic Writing

Download the article from the Indiana Journal of Law

The law of online relationships has a significant flaw—it regularly fails to account for the possibility of an implied confidence. The established doctrine of implied confidentiality is, without explanation, almost entirely absent from online jurisprudence in environments where it has traditionally been applied offline, such as with sensitive data sets and intimate social interactions. Read more » about Reviving Implied Confidentiality

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