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US House AI Task Force is the latest authority to address algorithms and racism

On May 7, 2021, the US House of Representative’s Task Force on Artificial Intelligence (AI) held a hearing on “Equitable Algorithms: How Human-Centered AI can Address Systemic Racism and Racial Justice in Housing and Financial Services.” 1 It was the latest among several federal, state and international governmental initiatives calling for fair, transparent and accountable AI in the...

Getting back when HACT: Congress’s idea to provide redress to recent cyberattacks

Amidst the ever-worsening onslaught of cyberattacks, companies are longing to go on the offensive, whether by “hacking-back” or by going after malicious actors in US courts. While Congress has previously refused to enable the former, it now appears more open to the latter, particularly with the introduction of the Homeland and Cyber Threat Act (the HACT Act): The HACT Act, if passed,...

Virginia is for lovers (of privacy)—The Consumer Data Protection Act passes into law

On March 2, 2021, Governor Northam signed the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (CDPA), making it the country’s second, enhanced state privacy law. It will likely not be the last. Set to take effect on January 1, 2023, the CDPA requires businesses to make significant enhancements to their privacy policies and to provide covered consumers with substantial...

The ePrivacy Regulation

Europe’s movement to replace the 2002 ePrivacy Directive with a new ePrivacy Regulation picks up steam, signaling the potential need for US companies to add further privacy protections over electronic communications that may reach users in the EU.  What’s the significance? If agreed to, the ePrivacy Regulation will repeal the 2002 ePrivacy Directive and update existing...

A Cybersecurity Storm and Winds of Change: NY DFS requires all New York financial institutions to report effects of SolarWinds hack

The New York Department of Financial Services (NY DFS) issued an alert on Friday, December 18, 2020, requiring all NY DFS regulated entities to immediately report whether they have been affected in any way by the massive, state-sponsored security breach of SolarWinds.  NY DFS’s request for immediate notification from all affected entities goes beyond what is normally required...

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