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On July 8, 2020, the House Financial Services Committee’s Taskforce on Artificial Intelligence held a hearing entitled “Exposure Notification and Contact Tracing: How AI Helps Localities Reopen Safely and Researchers Find a Cure.” In his opening remarks, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL), chairman of the task force, stated that the hearing would discuss the essential tradeoffs that the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic was forcing on the public between life, liberty, privacy and the…
By Mike ConradiChristian Keogh & Joana Santos On 5 February 2020, we first posted about the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) publication of technical advice to telecoms operators on their use of equipment from high-risk vendors (HRVs) in UK telecommunications networks – i.e. the Telecoms Security Requirements. Since that blog post, the NCSC has published revised TSRs, and we have revised our original post to provide an up-to-date summary of the TSRs…
DLA Piper’s Technology and Strategic Sourcing team recently completed a circa £275 million transformative networks and telephony deal for one of its key clients (one of the UK’s largest financial institutions), which utilised an innovative negotiation method known as ‘applied game theory’ in order to carry out the final negotiation stage of the procurement process. In this paper we compare this applied game theory approach to more traditional negotiation methodologies, seeking to reflect on its…
Technology conference and event producer TechFire and DLA Piper recently collaborated to present a fireside chat with Victoria Treyger, general partner and managing director at venture capital firm Felicis Ventures, and DLA Piper partner Patrick Anding. Their conversation focused on the impact of the new normal on the venture capital environment and examined the potential effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on future investment in a number of sectors. During the hour-long talk, they analyzed…
By Patrick Van Eecke and Anne-Gabrielle Haie From July 12, 2020 onwards, new European rules will oblige online platforms to take several additional measures, including reviewing their terms and conditions, establishing a data policy and creating a complaint handling system. The Platform to Business Regulation is directed towards companies that offer platforms to other companies who want to service consumers. Typical examples are online market places, app stores and search engines. Online platforms: unfair trading…
Reproduced from Practical Law with the permission of the publishers. For further information visit www.practicallaw.com. Scope of this article As a result of the lockdown measures taken in response to the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), we have seen an increase around the world in the demand for digital connectivity, the amount of data being consumed, and a related increase in the load on telecoms networks (including terrestrial and submarine fibreoptic networks, as well…
On May 19, 2020, the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published an interim final rule that imposes additional restrictions on the provision of certain foreign-made products to Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd and most of its non-US affiliates (collectively, Huawei).  These restrictions are another step in a series of US government measures to limit Huawei’s access to US technology.  The US government has long considered Huawei to present a national security…
Advances in AI technology and IoT are rapidly bringing connected and self-driving cars into our daily lives. To address the issues this new reality will bring, the European Data Protection Board has adopted draft guidelines on processing personal data in the context of connected vehicles and mobility related applications. To learn more about the guidelines and how they will apply to companies operating in the automotive industry, see the full article on Privacy Matters here
Technology has played a dominant role during the lockdown and will be a key aspect of ensuring the transition back to normality is successful. This article discusses recent trends, particularly in Ireland, Denmark and China, regarding the adoption of facial recognition technology (FRT) as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We look in more detail at some of the pre-pandemic use cases for, and concerns about, FRT, and consider the key aspects of data protection…
Since the 1990s, one of the great success stories in India has been the growth of the IT and outsourcing services sector. Building first from the shortage of specialized IT resources required to address the Y2K bug in the run-up to the new millennium (for those old enough to remember!), then the dot.com boom and explosion of e-commerce, and then on to the seismic shifts in favor of outsourcing in the light of improved telecoms…