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Balancing the data privacy debate: The benefits of big (and little) data

Comments to the White House's recent request for comments on "big data" and how it affects Americans were due April 4, but even before all the comments have been reviewed, we can be pretty sure that, as usual, most business...more

European Data Protection Supervisor Issues Big Data Opinion

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has issued a preliminary opinion that addresses some of the issues and convergences in EU data protection, consumer protection and competition laws that are not up to date with...more

Preliminary opinion on privacy and competitiveness of big data issued by EDPS

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has issued a preliminary opinion that addresses some of the issues and convergences in EU data protection, consumer protection and competition laws that are not up to date with...more

White House Big Data Initiative Seeks Public Comments On Privacy Issues

Last week, as part of the White House’s initiative on “big data” and privacy (led by John Podesta), the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy issued a request for information seeking public input regarding broad...more

Governing Big Data

Sources and volumes of data are growing exponentially. Website clicks, social media, sensors, and card swipers are generating massive amounts of data every second. More and more enterprises are beginning to collect and...more

Big Data: Show Me the Money

As we covered in prior blog posts, on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, Foley & Lardner LLP hosted the ninth annual FoleyTech Summit in Boston. One of the breakout sessions at FoleyTech featured a panel discussion of leading...more

Data Protection Regulation: Back On Track?

The Council of the EU has been busy discussing the draft Regulation this week. There is a press release and press conference to go with it. So what’s new?...more

The European Technology Index: Technology – An engine for growth?

In 2012, in light of the Euro crisis and uncertainty of a double dip recession, DLA Piper launched the first Tech Index survey. This was to review the perceptions and attitudes of European technology growth in light of market...more

Data: Big, Borderless and Beyond Control? Five Things You Can Do

There’s been a lot of talk about big data over the last few years and the breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus have many companies running in circles trying to figure out how to protect their systems and their data. So what...more

WhatsApp plus Facebook, what data protection issues?

Adding 450 million monthly users to 1.3 bn monthly users costs $19 bn according to Facebook, but also means that the buyer will be able to know about (and benefit from) much more information on its users to be potentially...more

Big Box Data Breaches

2013 was a difficult year for retailers with respect to an increase in cyber attacks seeking customer data, culminating in a number of high profile attacks during the busy year end holiday season. Many retailers are now...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - January 2014

In This Issue: - Ramifications of the Target Data Breach - California Federal Judge Winnows Down Massive Privacy Class Action - White House Launches “Big Data” Review - Senator Rockefeller Issues Data Broker...more

Changing Healthcare Landscape: What to Anticipate

The ninth annual FOLEYTech Summit included panel discussions to address the issues and challenges facing technology companies today in Health Care, Big Data, and Next-Generation Manufacturing. The conference featured...more

Connecticut Appellate Court Affirms Denial of Coverage Under CGL Policy for Data Breach

As more data breaches and information security events occur, the insurance industry will see more disputes over whether losses from these events are covered under commercial general liability (CGL) policies. In the latest...more

Building Capacity to Exercise Good Judgment in a World of Big Data

This week the news has been full of reports from Las Vegas regarding the latest technological trends on display at the International Consumer Electronics Show. Discussions about wearable technologies and smart appliances —...more

Big Data: Is Your Company Prepared?

Big Data has become a big buzzword, but many companies are just beginning to determine how to put Big Data to work for them. During Foley & Lardner’s annual FOLEYTech Summit in Boston late in 2013, a panel of experts from...more

Labor And Employment Observer - 2013/2014

In This Issue: Message from the Chair; Social Media and the Workplace: 2013 and Beyond; Unpaid Internships: Training Ground or Legal Landmine?; Supreme Court’s Nassar Decision Sets Higher Causation Standard for a...more

Making data count

Good data processed quickly and seamlessly is critical for modern businesses. Get it right and it will improve profitability and company valuation. Get it wrong and it may cost you dearly. Think of “Big Data” and what...more

E-Discovery in 2013 – Waiting for Godot, Closing Kimonos, and Your World Doesn’t Just Seem Bigger

In some respects, 2013 seemed like a conversation between Vladimir and Estragon. Some commentators likened it to a simple, unified message that finally had E-Discovery practitioners, litigators in general, and affected...more

Information Governance - 2013 in Review

2013 was the year that the term "Information Governance" or "IG" began to be widely used outside of technical circles. Despite that fact, the concept of IG is not well understood. Gartner, a premier information advisory...more

Ediscovery Year(s) in Review: The Bigger Picture from 2008—2013

While there is significant value in knowing the latest trends in ediscovery case law, I’m reminded of one of my favorite law school professors who always stressed that I try to see the forest for the trees. In other words,...more

Privacy Top Ten: Things You Think You Know About Privacy – But Don’t!

Whether a start–up or a listed ASX company, your business opportunities are increasingly on–line and/or overseas. At last count over 80 countries have adopted data privacy laws and Australia’s new Australian Privacy...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - December 2013

In This Issue: - European Commission Proposes Changes to the US-EU Safe Harbor: In our November Privacy & Cybersecurity Update,1 we reported that the European Commission was undertaking a review of the U.S.-EU...more

FOLEYTech Summit Recap: Welcoming the Next Generation of Manufacturing

On November 5, 2013, Foley & Lardner LLP hosted over 240 attendees in Boston at its 9th annual FOLEYTech Summit, titled Envision the Future: Today’s Approach to Tomorrow’s Solutions. The Summit focused on how entrepreneurs,...more

Big Data: The Big Picture

"Big Data" is trending. The digital, interconnected, interdependent world can produce unlimited amounts of structured and unstructured data sets. The ability to harness huge amounts of data as a resource to produce business...more

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