Risk Mitigation

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How AI Tools Could Compromise Intellectual Property Rights

March 1, 2024
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For close to 70 years, case law and regulatory enforcement have firmly established that in order to defend its intellectual property (IP) rights, an organization must demonstrate that it has appropriately protected the information from unauthorized and unnecessary access. In other words, courts and regulators decided long ago that they were not going to defend…

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Data Controller/Data Processor Contracts #3:

January 15, 2024
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There may be no more confusing and misunderstood area of controller-processor contracts than insurance and indemnification. Controllers often expect processors to accept liability, while ignoring the quality (or existence) of processors’ underlying insurance coverage. Processors, on the other hand, often buy insurance products that provide minimal or no protection to meet those controller expectations. This…

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Data Controller/Data Processor Contracts #2:
Regulatory Alignment

August 17, 2023
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This is the second blog in an ongoing series examining the often-overlooked nuances of data controller/data processor contracts. Regulatory alignment is one of the primary reasons regulations require contracts between data controllers and data processors. And, yet, despite its primacy, many contracts make the mistake of establishing this linkage with an overly simplistic clause stating…

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Data Controller/Data Processor Contracts #1:

July 17, 2023
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This blog explains why and when organizations should require contracts with service providers that have access to customer or employee personal information. One of the most underappreciated aspects of data controller/data processors contracts is when they are needed. This results from either 1) a lack of awareness of their necessity, or 2) the failure to…

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How to Mitigate the ITAD Whistleblower Challenge

April 16, 2023
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A series of recent Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) announcements point to the increasing risk of whistleblowers stemming from improper IT asset disposal (ITAD) practices. First, over the past year, the SEC has issued a number of statements and proposals indicating its intentions to hold organizations (and boards) under its jurisdiction accountable for cybersecurity. At…

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