Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (16 April 2021)

Other Developments The United Kingdom launched its Digital Markets Unit (DMU) that will “will oversee plans to give consumers more choice and control over their data, promote online competition and crack down on unfair practices which can often leave businesses and consumers with less choice and more expensive goods and services” according to its press … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (16 April 2021)

A Grim Picture and To Russia With Love

The IC updates Congress on worldwide threats, and the Biden Administration responds to Russian hacks and election interference. On the second day the leaders of the United States (U.S.) Intelligence Community (IC) were testifying before Congress on the global threat landscape, the Biden Administration ratchets up the sanctions on the Russian Federation for the SolarWinds … Continue reading A Grim Picture and To Russia With Love

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (15 April 2021)

You can receive all the content posted on my blog by subscribing to my free (for now) newsletter, the Wavelength, which covers the major events in the world of technology policy, politics, and law. I spent more than a decade working on these issues in Washington DC as both a staffer in Congress and a … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (15 April 2021)

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (13 April 2021)

Other Developments The White House has finally named its nominees to be the first National Cyber Director and the next Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director. In a statement, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan announced that President Joe Biden’s intention “to nominate Chris Inglis as National Cyber Director and Jen Easterly as the Director … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (13 April 2021)

Republicans Float Section 230 Legislation

Online platforms as distributors, liable for illegal content? Per a Supreme Court Justice, that’s what a group of Republicans is proposing. A group of Republicans propose a new approach on reforming 47 U.S.C. 230 with a bill that makes clear that online platforms could still be considered distributors of material, opening them to potential liability … Continue reading Republicans Float Section 230 Legislation

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (12 April 2021)

Other Developments Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas made remarks on his “Vision for Cybersecurity Resilience” and outlined how the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Cybersecurity Infrastructure and Security Agency (CISA) will change their approach to public and private sector cybersecurity. Mayorkas provided a very high level preview of a previously promised forthcoming … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (12 April 2021)

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (8 April 2021)

Other Developments The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) wrote the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA or EUCS) “to provide feedback on the EUCS candidate scheme, more specifically in relation to the potential synergies between the EUCS scheme with a view to supporting Cloud Service Customers (CSC) and Cloud  Service Providers (CSP) to comply with … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (8 April 2021)

EU Charts New Course On Technology

The EU again articulates grand ambitions in technology. To What degree will they be realized? The European Commission (EC) has revisited its data strategy and has revised its vision for how the European Union (EU) will transform itself and lead on global policy in the coming decade, or so the EC is aspiring. Twitter How … Continue reading EU Charts New Course On Technology

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (7 April 2021)

Other Developments The United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) found that Facebook’s purchase of Giphy would substantially lessen competition and is giving the companies the opportunity to respond to this finding before the CMA moves on to the next phase of its investigation. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is also looking at … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (7 April 2021)

EDPB Weighs In On Virtual Voice Assistants

The EU’s GDPR watchdog details its views on how the Siris, Alexas, and Assistants can stay on the right side of EU law. The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) is asking for feedback on draft guidance on “virtual voice assistants” (VVA) like Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, and Google’s Assistant, and how the General Data Protection … Continue reading EDPB Weighs In On Virtual Voice Assistants