On 22 September 2021, the UK Government (the “Government”) published its Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) strategy. The paper outlines the Government’s plan to make Britain a “global superpower” in the AI arena, and sets out an agenda to build the most “pro-innovation regulatory environment in the world”. This post highlights some of the key elements from the UK AI strategy. Significantly, the UK’s proposed approach may diverge in some respects from the EU’s GDPR. For example, the UK strategy includes consideration of whether to drop Article 22’s restrictions on automated decision-making, and whether to maintain the UK’s current sectoral approach to AI regulation. The UK will publish a White Paper on regulating AI in early 2022, which will provide a basis for further consultation and discussion with interested or affected groups before draft legislation is formally presented to the UK Parliament.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on October 13 published a Notice of Penalty Offenses advising more than 700 companies that they could incur significant civil penalties if they use endorsements in ways that run counter to the FTC’s guidance. The FTC, in its own words, “blanket[ed] industry” with these notices to send a “clear message” that companies cannot use “fake reviews and other forms of deceptive endorsements” to “cheat consumers and undercut honest businesses.”
As businesses across industries turn to artificial intelligence and machine learning for insights, data is driving innovation and technology development. Who owns the underlying data and the resulting technology? How can restrictions on data use limit the resulting technology applications?
Companies need to keep pace tracking and monitoring intellectual property ownership and rights in this fast-paced environment, without stifling innovation. During this webinar, we will explore how IP and technology licensing principles apply to data licensing, and trends we are spotting as we help companies navigate new deal structures.
Recent events have given the term “corporate crisis” a whole new meaning. From cyberattacks and pandemic disruptions to political divisions and tweets that go viral, companies are being challenged in ways they never have before. How should they respond in a fast-moving crisis?
On September 22, 2021, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and National Security Agency (NSA) published a cybersecurity advisory (the “Advisory”) outlining the Conti ransomware group’s tactics, techniques, and procedures (“TTPs”) to help companies protect against their attacks. This Advisory is especially notable because it is an example of the type of information sharing promised by the Biden administration, which includes technical details about the Conti group’s TTPs. It also heralds the launch of new website called: StopRansomware.gov.