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By: Tony Samp

Tucked away in the 4,517-page annual defense bill that just became law is an overlooked piece of legislation on artificial intelligence (AI).

Don’t worry, America. It doesn’t make every military weapon system autonomous or require brigades of robotic infantry. Instead,
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This year has seen increased public scrutiny of Big Tech, not least following the release of films (ironically on a streaming platform) like this year’s Netflix documentary ‘The Social Dilemma’, which, through interviews with many former employees and executives from top tech companies, explores the rise of social media and
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By: Tony Samp, Steven R. Phillips, Charles Dent and Nathaniel J. Bell

The House and Senate have voted to send this year’s National Defense Authorization Act – which includes the most substantial legislation addressing artificial intelligence (AI) approved by Congress to date – to President Trump, who has
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By: Paul Hemmersbaugh

On December 3, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) initiated a rulemaking seeking ideas and input on proposals for a regulatory framework for automated driving systems (ADS).  This is the first time the federal government has proposed affirmative regulation of ADS, and offers a rare opportunity
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On Monday (30 November 2020), the UK Government published its 5G supply chain diversification strategy (the “Strategy”) (found here), which outlines the Government’s plans to grow and diversify the UK’s telecoms supply chain and make it more secure and resilient to future threats.

The Strategy sets out
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Laid before Parliament on 11 November 2020, the National Security & Investment Bill (the “Bill”) promises to usher in a sweeping reform of the way in which the UK Government can scrutinise foreign investment. Aimed at bolstering the Government’s ability to intervene in transactions which may give rise to national
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By: Carol A. F. Umhoefer and Andrew Serwin

The Schrems II decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), rendered on  July 16, 2020, invalidated the EU-US Privacy Shield and created new obligations, notably for businesses transferring personal data pursuant to standard contractual clauses (SCC). On November
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New regulation also for media platforms, user interfaces & media intermediaries

The new State Media Treaty (MStV) has come into force on November 7th, 2020. It replaces the State Treaty on Broadcasting. Compared to the previous regulations, the State Treaty has an extended scope of application. Going forward, it covers
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1. Introduction

1.1           The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the ever-increasing importance of an interconnected world and access to telecommunications infrastructure. This is against the backdrop of the telecommunications sector having become one of the fastest growing sectors globally in recent years. The recent GSMA data on unique mobile phone
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by Jim Halpert, Andrew A. Kingman and Andrew Serwin

As the business community takes stock of the 2020 election results, it should place particular significance on the passage of Proposition 24, the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), by about a 12 percent margin. The CPRA makes significant changes to
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