Won’t Someone Please Think of the Children?

Last month in Poway, California, Gabriela Dow, a member of the district’s Educational Technology Advisory Committee, made a fairly routine public records request for information from the school district. She sought information related to the day-to-day operation and technology of the school district, as well as any records bearing her own name. But what Ms. Dow actually received was quite troubling.

Stay Informed: CyberSecurity Alerts for Lawyers

I recommend that all lawyers stay informed about these FBI cybersecurity alerts and the cybersecurity threats that prompt them. In fact, I believe our ethical duties obligate us to take this reasonable step, which will ebable us to better protect the confidential and private information of our clients.

A New Framework for Trans-Atlantic Data Transfers: The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

On February 2, 2016, the European Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce announced a new framework to govern the transfer of data from the EU to the United States, referred to as the EU-U.S. “Privacy Shield." The new protocol is intended to replace the 15-year-old Safe Harbor agreement that the European Court of Justice struck down in October, on the grounds that it failed to adequately protect the privacy rights of EU citizens.

Coming in 2016: Tougher New Data Privacy Rules in the European Union

European Commission and European Parliament officials last week agreed on a new set of data protection laws, intended to strengthen individuals’ privacy rights and create a more consistent set of regulations across the twenty-eight European Union member countries. Learn highlights of the new rules including provisions addressing many main points aspects of the European Union privacy rules.

Ripped from the Headlines: Automobile Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things

n Sunday night’s episode of the CBS television show CSI: Cyber, a hacker “cyber-jacks” automobiles—some empty, some with drivers behind the wheel—and uses them as remote-controlled cars to cause deadly crashes. As I watched the show, I couldn’t help but think back to my blog post earlier this year about the security vulnerability of our cars (and other devices we use every day) that are connected to the Internet of Things. Is the premise of the television show pure fiction? Exaggeration of a minor threat for dramatic effect?