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Proposed NSA Reform on Bulk Data Collection Declared Illegal by EU Court of Justice

by French Caldwell  |  April 14, 2014  |  3 Comments

Not that it directly affects U.S. legal and constitutional considerations on the NSA phone records program, it is  still worth noting that last week the European Court of Justice declared the EU Data Retention Directive was a violation of the fundamental rights of EU citizens under the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union [...]

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WhiteHouse Announces PTO Will #Crowdsource Patent Review in Anti-Troll Initiative

by French Caldwell  |  February 21, 2014  |  1 Comment

As part of its anti-patent troll initiative, the White House announced a new crowdsourcing initiative at PTO.  Should be interesting.  Is government by the people taking on new expanded meaning and moving beyond representative democracy? The idea of crowdsourcing patent review was tested on a few hundred patents already.  PTO used Stack Exchange to test [...]

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New FFIEC Guidance on Social Media Risk Management Effective Immediately

by French Caldwell  |  December 13, 2013  |  1 Comment

The final guidance from the FFIEC on social media risk management for financial institutions has been promulgated.  It is effective immediately.  As I mentioned earlier this year, regulatory guidance of this sort is not optional. I did a study recently on the public comments for my doctor in law and policy program at Northeastern University– [...]

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A Worst Probable Case Scenario for U.S. Government Shutdown Planning

by French Caldwell  |  October 4, 2013  |  3 Comments

If you follow the shutdown news, you’ll no doubt hear some talking heads saying the shutdown will last a few more days, and some cleverer  pundits starting to link the timing for the shutdown to the debt limit deadline of 17 October.  Business, government and IT executives need a scenario on which to base longer [...]

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Leaving the Screen Door Open for the G-Man

by French Caldwell  |  July 17, 2013  |  2 Comments

Colleagues today were discussing again the Snowden revelations about service providers giving governments access to digital business and social media data.  One colleague suggested that we should not use the term back door in this context since by the traditional IT security definition this would imply that government agencies had direct access to the operational [...]

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Next Up in Financial Services Regulation: Social Media Risk Management

by French Caldwell  |  January 25, 2013  |  1 Comment

I’ve read through new draft guidance from U.S. financial services regulators on the use of social media.  What struck me most is that instead of taking a compliance and control point of view, it talks instead of risks, and the need to ensure that social media risks are included in your risk management program.  That’s [...]

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Will It Be Big Data or Big Oil That Saves America?

by French Caldwell  |  January 9, 2013  |  Comments Off

It could be awfully confusing to try to make sense out of today’s FT.  A front page article highlights that the US is headed toward energy independence, which is a boon to energy intensive industries — heavy manufacturing, high tech manufacturing, petrochemicals, and even IT services.  On the other hand, a lead opinion piece touts [...]

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Expect to Hear About How Social Tech Enabled Self Relief in Sandy

by French Caldwell  |  October 31, 2012  |  2 Comments

I expect to hear a lot of stories about social technology keeping people connected in the aftermath of Sandy — just as after Katrina.  However, I am also expecting these stories to take a twist — we will hear about how neighbors organized self-relief efforts using social media. Social media has been playing a part [...]

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A Really Helpful Regulatory Change Tool

by French Caldwell  |  October 26, 2012  |  Comments Off

One of the questions I get all the time is, “Where can I find what regulations apply to me?”  I talked this morning to Fred Diers who has created GRMpedia which tracks regulations and their retention and reporting requirements.   Regs tracked include, marketing, finance, research and development, EHS, contracts, leases, IP, governance, HR and others.  [...]

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One Week Left to the Rockefeller Cybersecurity Deadline — CEOs, What Do You Want To Do?

by French Caldwell  |  October 12, 2012  |  Comments Off

In the last week I’ve had two calls with companies deciding how to respond to the cybersecurity letter that Sen. Rockefeller sent to the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.  The deadline to respond is 19 October. CEOs are not required to respond, and with the demise of the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, it’s tempting not [...]

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