Someday, on the corporate balance sheet, there will be an entry which reads, "Information"; for in most cases, the information is more valuable than the hardware which processes it.
Rear Admiral Grace Hopper
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Category Archives: Regulation
The FTC has a tendency to see a role anywhere it wants to see a role. As described on its website, the FTC has a very broad mandate. Among other things, the FTC has the authority to investigate and prosecute … Continue reading
The Federal Trade Commission Wants Transparency in Data Practices – But FTC Commissioners Are Not Transparent about Their Activities
It appears that we’ve got a problem with FTC Commissioners having undisclosed meetings with business representatives and business groups. At a time when the FTC is seeking to expand its authority over data and privacy matters this is particularly troubling. … Continue reading
Senate Investigation On December 18, 2013, the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing titled, “What Information Do Data Brokers Have on Consumers, and How Do They Use It?” Following up, Committee Chair Senator Rockefeller has now … Continue reading
The European regulatory response to NSA-gate is gathering momentum. The focus du jour is the cloud. This New York Times article is a nice summary of the nonsensical thinking of some Europeans. For example, provided in the article: Viviane Reding, … Continue reading
I hope so. Here are the facts we need for this discussion: 1. The Federal Trade Commission charged four different Wyndham corporations (which we’ll just call them all Wyndham here) with deceptive acts and practices, as well as unfair acts … Continue reading
After more than a year of “stakeholder” discussions, the National Telecommunications and Information Agency released a final draft Short Form Notice Code of Conduct to Promote Transparency in Mobile App Practices. Let’s talk about what’s wrong with it. We have … Continue reading
A June 1 article in The New York Times highlights some of the issues we are concerned with here at Big Data and the Law. The article is about what Kate Crawford, a researcher at Microsoft Research, calls the “Six … Continue reading
It appears that thumbing his nose at the idea of gun control was what Cody Wilson had in mind when he arranged to publish the plans for using a 3D printer to manufacture his plastic gun. It also appears that … Continue reading