Technology's Legal Edge

A Global Technology Sector Blog

The Big Data Challenge Earlier this month, we highlighted that there will be an increased focus by the Data Protection Commission (DPC) in Ireland on ensuring privacy by design and default during 2020. From the regulator’s perspective innovation is encouraged, provided it is done in an accountable, ethical and fair way. Already, with the codification of Privacy Impact Assessments and accountability under the GDPR, we are seeing clients realise that key decision makers in the…
The US Department of Transportation and the White House have released a new federal government automated vehicle policy guide, “Ensuring American Leadership in Automated Vehicle Technologies: Automated Vehicles 4.0.” The report describes research, policy, funding and other efforts by 38 different federal government agencies in support of the development and deployment of automated vehicles in the United States. While it primarily focuses on providing general descriptions of the activities of agencies that have responsibility for…
Effective January 6, the US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has imposed new export controls on geospatial imagery software that is used in areas including self-driving vehicles, drone navigation, remote sensing, and analysis of earth imagery. The new export control requires that an export license be obtained for software specially designed to automate the analysis of certain geospatial imagery. Companies that export this software should immediately take action to comply with…
In the latest issue of AI Outlook − a new DLA Piper publication that reports on the latest developments around artificial intelligence in Washington − we discuss the Trump Administration’s long-awaited guidelines governing how federal agencies should develop and use artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. The memorandum names a number of top priorities, including fairness and non-discrimination, transparency, flexibility, public trust and participation, sound science, and safety and security, as agencies draft and implement regulations on…
On December 19, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a federal agency within the Department of Commerce, released a study on demographic differentials for contemporary face recognition algorithms. The study describes and quantifies demographic differentials for contemporary face recognition algorithms. Essentially, the purpose of the study was to measure how accurately face recognition software tools identify people of varied sex, age and racial background. The results of the report are intended to inform policymakers and…
This issue of AI Outlook − a new DLA Piper publication that reports on the latest developments around artificial intelligence in Washington − we discuss next week’s House Oversight and Investigations Committee hearing, which will look into the national security implications of facial recognition technology. The hearing, tentatively set for the week of December 16, is the latest demonstration of Congressional interest in facial recognition technology and its public policy implications. Learn more in the
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…