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The Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity Releases Its Report on Securing and Growing the Digital Economy

On December 1, 2016, the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity released its Report on Securing and Growing the Digital Economy. In its Report, the Commission, established in February 2016 by President Obama, provided detailed short- and long-term recommendations to strengthen cybersecurity in the public and private sectors. The Commission took a multi-stakeholder approach, emphasizing the … Continue Reading

Advisory Group Releases Report on Internet of Things

Following NIST’s release of cybersecurity guidance for the Internet of Things last week, the Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (BITAG) released a report today titled Internet of Things (IoT) Security and Privacy Recommendations (the Report).  BITAG is a non-profit organization that brings together engineers and technologists in a working group to develop consensus on technical … Continue Reading

White House Releases Report on the Future of Artificial Intelligence

On October 12, 2016, the White House released a report entitled Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence.  The report surveys the current state of Artificial Intelligence (AI), its existing and potential applications, and the questions that progress in AI raises for society and public policy.  The publication of the report follows a series of … Continue Reading

FAA Drone Rules Take Effect; Commercial Use of Drones Permitted with Certain Conditions

By Stephen Kiehl Welcome to the Drone Age. The Federal Aviation Administration’s (“FAA”) long-awaited rule on the commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS” or “drones”) took effect Monday, August 29, 2016, providing a comprehensive and generally applicable set of rules for anyone wishing to operate a small drone for commercial purposes.… Continue Reading

Consumer Groups, Stakeholders React to Petition Requesting Halt in Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications Service Due to Cybersecurity Concerns

A variety of advocacy groups and industry stakeholders filed comments yesterday in response to a petition by non-profit Public Knowledge to halt operation of the Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) service.  The nascent DSRC service, which operates in the 5.9 GHz band, enables vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications to protect the safety of drivers and passengers and … Continue Reading

NTIA Multistakeholder Group Reaches Consensus on Best Practices for Commercial Use of Facial Recognition Technology

Last week, the multistakeholder group convened by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (“NTIA”) to create set of voluntary best practices for the commercial use of facial recognition technology finalized its guidelines.  While the three-page code of conduct was praised by industry groups, including the Software & Information Industry Association and Consumer Technology Association, many … Continue Reading

NTIA Multistakeholder Group Reaches Consensus on Best Practices for Drone Privacy

By Stephen Kiehl and Hannah Lepow Over the last year, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, an arm of the Department of Commerce, has convened a series of meetings regarding voluntary best practices for privacy, accountability and transparency in the use of drones (“UAS”) by commercial and private users.  A number of stakeholders have participated … Continue Reading

White House Announces Artificial Intelligence Workshops and Working Group

Yesterday, the White House announced a series of workshops and an interagency working group devoted to the benefits and risks of artificial intelligence (AI).  The announcement cited the growing influence of AI, and specifically its potential applications in healthcare, education, and transportation.  On the other hand, the announcement noted the potential risks and policy challenges … Continue Reading

Senate Panel Passes “Internet of Things” Bill

Yesterday, the Senate Commerce Committee passed a bill meant to increase government involvement in the development of the “Internet of Things” (IoT). By a voice vote, the committee approved the Developing Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things (DIGIT) Act, sponsored by Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and … Continue Reading

NTIA Release Requests for Comments on IoT Issues

Yesterday, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, issued a Request For Public Comment (RFC) seeking comment on the benefits, challenges, and potential roles for the government in fostering the advancement of the Internet of Things (IoT). NTIA issued the RFC as part of the Commerce Department’s Digital … Continue Reading

Report Questions Use of “Going Dark” to Describe Encryption Trends

A report released yesterday by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University addresses the recent debate over the use of encryption in communications technologies and its impact on government access to communication data.  The report focuses on the U.S. government’s use of the “going dark” metaphor to describe recent decisions by several … Continue Reading

Covington Attorneys Author Chapter on the Challenges of Managing Third-Party Outsourcing Risks

As businesses increasingly work with various types of third parties that process sensitive information and, in some cases, access a company’s networks, there is an inherent risk:  these third parties create new avenues of attack against a company’s data, systems, and networks.   Covington attorneys David Fagan, Nigel Howard, Kurt Wimmer, and Elizabeth Canter describe these … Continue Reading

Start With Security: Key Takeaways from the FTC’s Data Security Conference

By Lindsey Tonsager and Megan Rodgers The FTC held its “Start with Security” conference in San Francisco, California, last week, launching an initiative to provide companies with practical resources for implementing effective data security strategies. The event was targeted at tech start-ups and small- and medium-sized businesses, but the panelists included representatives from companies with … Continue Reading

Multistakeholder Group Seeks Comment on Draft Framework for IoT Device Manufactures

Earlier this week, the Online Trust Alliance released a draft framework of best practices for Internet of Things device manufacturers and developers, such as connected home devices and wearable fitness and health technologies.  The OTA is seeking comments on its draft framework by September 14. The framework acknowledges that not all requirements may be applicable … Continue Reading

Covington Webinar on the Internet of Things

On Thursday, January 29, Covington’s Global Privacy and Data Security Practice Group will host a webinar on the Internet of Things (IoT).  The webinar will cover the full federal, state, and international legal landscape governing IoT technology. While the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is expected to release a report soon on privacy issues raised by IoT, the FTC … Continue Reading

Schedule of Panelists for FTC’s Upcoming Big Data & Discrimination Workshop

As we have previously reported, in less than two weeks the FTC will host its anticipated workshop on big data and discrimination.  Today the FTC announced a full agenda and panelists for the September 15th event, “Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion?” which will take place in Washington, D.C., at the Constitution Center.  … Continue Reading

The FTC’s Agenda to Tackle Big Data and Discrimination

Last Friday, the FTC announced an agenda for its upcoming workshop, “Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion?” which will take place on Monday, Sept. 15, starting at 8:00 a.m.  As we’ve previously reported, the workshop will build on recent efforts by the FTC and other government agencies to understand how new technologies affect … Continue Reading

Federal Trade Commission Releases Report on Mobile Shopping Apps: Finds Insufficient Disclosures to Consumers

Today, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued a staff report examining the consumer-protection implications of popular shopping apps.  These services are intended to ease and enhance the shopping experience by allowing consumers to, for example, compare prices in-store across retailers, collect and redeem deals, or pay for purchases while shopping in brick-and-mortar stores.  The FTC … Continue Reading

Covington at #SXSW: If “Big Data Is the New Oil” Then “Privacy Is the New Green”

South by Southwest (“SXSW”) Interactive kicked off last week, and Covington was there to cover privacy and big data’s big buzz, a topic which dominated much of the conference.  Among the events that took place last Friday were “Big Data Inverted: The Best Candy from Strangers?” and “Privacy Under the Covers: The Naked Truth.”  The … Continue Reading

The FTC’s “Internet of Things” Workshop in Perspective; 5 Key Takeaways for How it Could Affect Consumer Privacy Going Forward

By Katie Gasztonyi & Steve Satterfield Last month, the FTC held a public workshop on the “Internet of Things” (or “IoT”), during which it examined the privacy and security implications of everyday objects being connected to the Internet and to each other.  The workshop—which considered “things” ranging from connected cars to remote-controlled defibrillators—brought together academics, … Continue Reading

FTC Releases Agenda for November 19th “Internet of Things” Workshop

The FTC has announced its agenda and panelists for its workshop on connected devices, which will be held on November 19, 2013. The workshop will focus on three industries that increasingly rely on the Internet of Things: (1) homes equipped with “smart” home appliances and connected devices; (2) health and fitness devices that transmit data … Continue Reading

Covington and the George Washington University’s Cybersecurity Initiative Release Issue Brief on Cyberespionage and Trade Secret Theft

At a co-hosted event last week, Covington & Burling LLP and The George Washington University’s Cybersecurity Initiative released an issue brief on the growing threats of cyberespionage and trade secret theft and responses to address these threats.  The paper provides an overview of existing laws and policy reforms being considered in the U.S. and European … Continue Reading

FTC Focuses on ‘Internet of Things’

The Federal Trade Commission’s announcement that it reached a settlement with a home security camera maker indicates a new focus on the privacy implications of everyday devices that are connected to the Internet. On Wednesday, the FTC announced a settlement with TRENDnet, which sells Internet-connected home cameras for security, baby monitoring, and other purposes. The … Continue Reading

Ramirez Says That FTC Will Use Tools To Protect Consumers From “Big Data” Privacy Concerns

Earlier this week, U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez gave the keynote address at a technology conference, in which she focused on the privacy challenges of so-called “big data.”   Her remarks provide some guidance about what the FTC considers “best practices” in terms of deploying big data analytics without raising privacy concerns.   Data minimization … Continue Reading
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