It’s been said that making a mistake requires a person – making a big mistake requires a computer. And we’ve all experienced this. Accidentally hitting “reply all” or sending out a Tweet instead of a direct message.
While we all figured this out pretty quickly, greedy attorneys figured this out too. They realized they can mutate decades-old consumer protection rules into giant pay-days by combining harmless computer errors with class action lawsuits and statutory damages.
To watch BBC News or send online messages to European friends, data must flow across the Atlantic. The EU-U.S. Safe Harbor Agreement makes these data transfers possible – but this might soon change.
We could soon see “cyber-fences” between the U.S. and EU if negotiators from both sides fail to adopt a new agreement by the end of the month.
Our nation’s schools have always been responsible for providing a safe educational environment for our children. Today, technology in the classroom is making our schools face challenges meeting that responsibility.
But some believe schools must choose between privacy and technology. This is a false choice. Parents, schools, students, and lawmakers can have both – it’s just a matter of crafting the right policy.
Having worked for an FTC commissioner, I’ve seen first hand the commission’s regulatory successes. Imbued with the powers of competitive oversight and consumer protection, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) was a beacon for other governmental agencies.
Unfortunately, times have changed. The commission’s recent obsession with media exposure has darkened the FTC’s luminescence. The FTC has forgotten its core foundational tenet: identify practices that actually harm consumers.
When I ask my 3-year old, “why did the boy cry wolf?” he answered, “for attention of course.” It’s a simple enough story with a basic message. Too bad the attorneys at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) didn’t learn that tale when they were youngsters.