Net Neutrality Regulation – Does the Past Predict the Future?

The debate over the degree of regulation of broadband Internet providers in the U.S. has been going on almost as long as broadband Internet service has been available. In 2004, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) first described a set of non-discrimination principles to ensure that users had access to ... Read More

Is the End of the EU-US Privacy Shield in Sight?

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European Union data protection law restricts the transfer of EU-origin personal data to countries outside the European Economic Area unless there is a mechanism in place to ensure an adequate level of protection of the personal data. In 2000, the European Commission approved the EU-SU Safe Harbor Privacy Principles that ... Read More

The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (AB 375): What You Need to Know

On June 28, California passed a sweeping data privacy law after only one week of work. Unless AB 375 (the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018) is amended before its January 1, 2020, effective date, the law will be the strictest data privacy law in the United States, and will ... Read More
ICANN Still Working on Interim Compliance Model for GDPR

ICANN Still Working on Interim Compliance Model for GDPR

The Internet Corporation For Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is still in the process of developing an interim compliance model to address concerns surrounding GDPR. In an earlier blog post, I mentioned that ICANN was scheduled to meet with European Union data privacy authorities this week to try to get ... Read More

Blockchain and GDPR: Between a Block and a Hard Place

Blockchain and other emerging distributed ledger technologies offer the promise of increased security, transparency and resilience based on the use of distributed, immutable records. At the same time, the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which takes effect May 25, 2018, governs the use and protection of personal data ... Read More

GDPR Is Coming, So What Now for WHOIS Domain Registration Data?

When the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on May 25, 2018, what will happen to currently-available domain registration data in WHOIS? The GDPR restricts how personal data about natural persons residing in the European Union can be collected, used and transferred, and it defines “personal ... Read More

Smart Contracts May Be Smart, But Are They Contracts?

With distributed ledger technology (such as blockchain), there is growing interest in automating routine commercial transactions. But how will these smart contracts be interpreted under existing commercial contract laws? Although there is no federal contracts law for private commercial transactions in the United States, there is a widely adopted core ... Read More

Smart Contracts 101? How This Emerging Technology Works

You can’t turn around today without running into a story about blockchain technology and smart contracts. In fact, one creative beverage company saw their stock climb 289% when they added the term “Blockchain” to their company name even though they have nothing to do with blockchain technology. Blockchain technology is ... Read More