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Article Written for:  Orlando Medical News

The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) recently took effect and this has businesses asking whether their own website and data procedures must comply with the comprehensive new data law. Several commentators have suggested that everyone who does business on the internet - including information gathering - is subject to the GDPR's broad reach and stiff fines. In one podcast, a European commentator suggested that GDPR regulators may show up on the doorsteps of American companies to perform data privacy audits; and he claimed several companies could be bankrupted by fines for non-compliance.

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Article Written for:  CEO World

Reading the news today, it would seem we have all fallen subject to European Union control. Why do I say this? On May 25, 2018, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) took effect. (This has much to do with why we are all seeing several emails informing us of new privacy policies and pop-ups about cookies).

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Article Written for:  Daily Business Review

After years of inaction by the Department of Justice, courts have begun to address the issue of website accessibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Article Written for:  Daily Business Review

Since 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act has required businesses and public entities to make reasonable accommodations to meet the needs of disabled individuals.

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 17:58

Is Your Website ADA Compliant?

Article Written for CEO World

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 requires businesses and public entities to make reasonable accommodations to meet the needs of disabled individuals.

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Article Written for:  Daily Business Review

It has been said that the term “eavesdropper” evolved from those who stood under the eaves of a house to surreptitiously listen to the goings-on inside. In this age of digital advancement, we now invite eavesdroppers into our homes and offices in the form of artificially intelligent digital assistants. While devices like the Google Home, Apple’s Siri and the Amazon Echo offer great convenience and enjoyment, there are privacy trade-offs; and some are less obvious than others.

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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 16:39

Alexa, Is BLUSTARR A Good Buy Right Now?

Article Written for:  Financial Advisor Magazine

Devices like Amazon Echo, Google Home and the forthcoming Apple Homepod are bringing artificial intelligence to the masses. They offer the potential to increase our efficiency by managing our calendar, contacts and to-do lists. With a simple verbal command, they can bring us customized news briefings and stock market reports and even brighten us up with music and jokes. I am a fan, but if you decide to invite one of these devices into your daily routine, you need to understand the privacy implications.

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Monday, 30 October 2017 19:25

Digital Assistants Create Privacy Paradox

Article Written for:  Law360.com

Americans place a high value on privacy, dating back to the foundation of our country and the Fourth Amendment right to be secure in our “persons, houses, papers, and effects.” Interestingly, the word “privacy” is not found in the Fourth Amendment. Over time and through legal battles, however, courts have come to recognize a fundamental “zone of privacy” contained within the “penumbra” of rights protected by the Constitution.[1] Now, with advances in artificially intelligent devices and machine learning, individuals willingly sacrifice that hard-fought privacy in return for the many conveniences offered by “smart” digital assistants.

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Article Written for:  Forbes.com

If you have an Amazon Echo, try this: Say, "Alexa, tell me a joke," but do it very quickly so that you finish the request before Alexa "wakes up" (indicated on the Echo by the blue light). Did you notice that Alexa dutifully complied, seemingly catching the request before she (it?) was awake? There is a simple explanation for this: Alexa (like other artificially intelligent digital assistants) is always listening. Indeed, Alexa starts recording "a fraction of a second” before the wake word. Google Home listens to snippets of conversations to detect the "hotword."

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Article Written for:  American Bar Association’s Business Law TodayThe decision to use voice-controlled digital assistants, like Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, and the Google Assistant, may present a Faustian bargain. While these technologies offer great potential for improving quality of life, they also expose users to privacy risks by perpetually listening for voice data and transmitting it to third parties.

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