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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Proposes Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication Rules

March 8, 2017
While there are still a number of various impediments for advancing today’s connected cars into fully autonomous vehicles, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been at the forefront of resolving one of the major issues: vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication guidance.  Most recently, the NHTSA issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to establish a new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS), No. 150, to mandate V2V communications for new light vehicles and to standardize the message and format of V2V transmissions. Ultimately, the NHTSA does not feel confident that the market will achieve such standardized communication language and protocols without such a mandate on V2V communication systems.


Mississippi Attorney General Hood Sues Google for Alleged Student-Data Mining

February 20, 2017 by Nicole R. Woods, Associate
The latest development in the feud between Google and Mississippi’s Attorney General, Jim Hood—a history that can only be described as soap-operatic—is a newly filed lawsuit by Hood against the tech giant. The tumultuous relationship began in 2014 when Hood’s office issued a lengthy subpoena to Google requesting documents and other information related to any “dangerous content” hosted on Google’s networks, under the guise of battling online illicit drug sales. However, shortly after the subpoena was served, the Sony hack occurred, which divulged vast amount of Sony data and emails to the public. Found in the hacked emails were communications that indicated that the Motion Picture Association of America was both instigating and bankrolling Hood’s subpoena in an attempt to crack down on piracy. 


Online Trust Alliance Releases IoT Trust Framework v2.0

January 31, 2017

The Online Trust Alliance (OTA), an informal industry working group with the mission to enhance online trust and user empowerment while promoting innovation and the vitality of the Internet, released version 2.0 of its Internet of Things (IoT) Trust Framework at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show.  The OTA describes the IoT Trust Framework v2.0 as providing a baseline set of requirements and recommendations which address the privacy, security, and sustainability of IoT devices (e.g., connected home, wearable technologies, etc.) The impetus behind the Framework is to provide a path for the private sector to demonstrate its commitment to security and privacy in IoT devices by adhering to the voluntary principles of the Framework.



FTC Order recognizes certain security certifications qualify professionals to perform data security assessments

January 19, 2017
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a settlement with the operators of AshleyMadison.com, resolving FTC and state charges of consumer deception and failure to safeguard 36 million users' account and profile information stemming from a data breach in July of 2015.  In the complaint, the FTC alleged that defendants engaged in practices that, when taken together, "failed to provide reasonable security to prevent unauthorized access to personal information on their network."


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