AlphaZ: The Ultimate Legal Disrupter? Last week, Google announced the results of its new AlphaZero (aka AlphaZ) AI program that may revolutionize the use of AI in all fields including law. Here’s the deal: we all remember Google’s AlphaGo, an AI program Goggle developed that beat the world’s human champion of Go, which is called the most complicated game yet developed. View Full Post
Textualism: The Enemy of Innovation? This blog is devoted to the tension created as traditional legal concepts are applied to new questions created by technolgy. AKA the problem of  trying to fit a square peg in a round hole, to use an old cliche. I recently ran across an article by a friend of mine, John Amabile and his partners at Parker Poe, Michael Birns and Todd Sprinkle entitled “Textualism Is The Law of the Land in Georgia: What To Do About it?” Here is a link to the article which appeared on December 7, 2017 in jdsupra. View Full Post
California’s Proposed Pandoras Box : Data Breach Suits Without Damage Sometimes issues presented by new technology call for new and different legal approaches. Sometimes though it requires the use of traditional legal concepts to avoid opening Pandora’s box and, to mix metaphors, a slippery slope. Such is the case with a new California proposed Proposition aimed at doing something—anything—about the continuing and vexing problems with data breaches. View Full Post
Earlier this month, the 9th Circuit dealt online anonymous reviewing services a chilling blow when it decided United States v. Glassdoor. Faced with an online service which allowed people to post employer reviews for the benefit of others, the Court determined that those who posted on the service were like newspaper reporters and reverted to an analysis used for print media some 40 years ago. View Full Post
Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act: Legitimate Privacy Protection or Pandora’s Box? Fear of new technology sometimes creates strange legislative results and perhaps unintended consequences. In 2008, Illinois passed the Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), designed to protect employees and consumers against perceived abuses associated with the collection of bio metric data by businesses and providing a statutory cause of action for its violation. View Full Post
New Ohio Bill Proposes Data Breach Protections Under a new law recently proposed in Ohio, businesses that take steps to secure data could be protected from lawsuits if a hack occurs. The bill, Senate Bill 220, was the first bill to emerge from the Ohio attorney general’s office’s and its cyber-security task force of business leaders, information technology experts, and law enforcement created in the wake of high-profile hacks of consumer information. View Full Post
We have all heard about smart homes and the nirvana they may create. But we hear little about the risks, exposure and liability smart homes may pose. These risks stem from the fact that the standards governing smart home devices and the Internet of Things (IoT) simply don’t yet exist. View Full Post
This year’s Clio Conference in New Orleans just concluded. Clio calls itself a cloud based law practice management software company. Every year, it holds a conference with lots of razzle dazzle, speakers and parties. And it always skates where the puck is going. View Full Post