Technology's Legal Edge

A Global Technology Sector Blog

Developments in technology are driving major change across all sectors and, in many cases, these changes are significantly impacting legal developments in a particular industry. In the past, pharmaceutical and medical device product liability litigations typically commenced following major regulatory action by the US Food and Drug Administration, such as a label change or a product withdrawal. However, the increasing accessibility of real-world data, social media and post-marketing adverse event reporting has flipped the script:…
On 10 October 2019 the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) released its regulatory strategy in relation to digitalization within the energy sector, after conducting a public consultation that concluded in May 2019. Digitalization in the consumer interest forms one of three key strategic policy areas in CEER’s 3D Strategy for 2019-2021 in response to the varying challenges and opportunities which have arisen due to digitalization within the sector. The strategy set out in the…
On October 18, 2019, the Task Force on Artificial Intelligence, which is a task force within the House Financial Services Committee (FSC), held a hearing titled “AI and the Evolution of Cloud Computing: Evaluating How Financial Data is Stored, Protected, and Maintained by Cloud Providers.” In a memorandum published before the hearing, the FSC noted that financial institutions have adopted cloud computing for non-core purposes (e.g., human resources, customer relationship management, etc.) while exercising caution…
By: Tony Samp and Steven R. Phillips A proposal intended to improve the use of AI across the federal government cleared an important legislative hurdle on November 6 as the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee approved the AI in Government Act of 2019 (S 1363). The measure, introduced earlier this year by Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) with bipartisan co-sponsorship, would create the AI Center of Excellence within the General Services Administration (GSA) to…
Thought leaders from the AI industry shared ideas and predictions on the present and future of artificial intelligence at the DLA Piper European Technology Summit last month. I had the pleasure of moderating the AI panel – “Applying the laws of man or the laws of Asimov – future regulation for AI”. It featured Luisella Giani from Oracle, Alessandro Mantelero from the Council of Europe, Uljan Sharka from iGenius and Ed Thomas from GlobalData. Here…
As breakthroughs in artificial intelligence and related technologies continue to advance quickly, lawmakers in Congress and federal regulatory agencies are increasingly focused on enacting policies to govern these disruptive innovations. In the first six months of the 116th Congress, more than 20 separate pieces of legislation were introduced related to AI, machine learning and facial recognition, with the potential for significant impact on the tech industry, as well as on companies in a wide range…
As banks and other financial services companies adopt cloud computing for a variety of purposes, questions about the operational risks involved have emerged. In order to use the cloud, many banks are depending on cloud service providers to protect sensitive information rather than managing their own systems, with the potential of harm to consumers and businesses if a breach occurs. Regulators have begun to take a close look at how financial institutions are mitigating risk…
The global demand for power rises, the requirement for increased productivity, greater efficiencies in distribution and flexibility for consumers (both corporate and residential) is also growing. As such, we have launched report on how digital technologies are impacting the Energy and Natural Resources sector. We worked with inspiratia and our ENR sector around the world to pull together what’s happening in the market and how it could drive future change. Due to the dynamic nature…
This article is part of a series exploring the regulatory challenges of the digital society from a competition law and data protection perspective within the EU. Vestager II Several months have now passed since late March when the European Commission published Competition policy for the digital era (the Report), a report co-authored by special advisors Jacques Crémer, Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye and Heike Schweitzer. Since then, the enforcement activities at EU and Member State level have…