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July 2020

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The Schrems II Decision


Earlier this month, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) ruled that the Privacy Shield, a transatlantic framework that allowed US companies to comply with data protection law when transferring data between the EU and U.S., is invalid because of concerns about U.S. surveillance (“Top EU Court Ditches Transatlantic Data Transfer Deal”, Reuters). Commonly referred to as “Schrems II,” this decision has significant ramifications for U.S. businesses with customers worldwide, and frankly with any global business, that transfers personal data out of the EU.


TAP has been granted permission to republish writings from several privacy experts who have been examining the Schrems II decision and sharing their insights.


Additional Tech Policy Issues Examined


Other topics being examined by TAP scholars in recent weeks include the impact of automation on essential workers, COVID-19 technology and equity, the spread of misinformation online, and why online content moderation and Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act continues to be intensely debated.


Read the latest TAP blogs…


    The Reasonable Robot: Artificial Intelligence and the Law
    August 14, 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT, online
    Yale Information Society Project
    AI and people do not compete on a level-playing field. Self-driving vehicles may be safer than human drivers, but laws often penalize such technology. People may provide superior customer service, but businesses are automating to reduce their taxes. AI may innovate more effectively, but an antiquated legal framework constrains inventive AI.


    Digital Age Samaritans
    August 21, 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT, online
    Yale Information Society Project
    Modern technology enables crimes to be documented and viewed contemporaneously or soon after. This technology creates jurisdictional and authenticity challenges but also opportunities for individuals who are not even physically present to become aware of emergencies and to provide assistance. This presentation—and its related forthcoming article—will explore some of these situations and consider what, if any, affirmative duties third parties should shoulder in those contexts.


    Thirteenth Annual Conference on Innovation Economics
    August 27, 2020 - August 28, 2020, online
    Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
    Topics to be explored include the international aspects of innovation, public policy toward technology standards, antitrust policy and intellectual property, IP and innovation, and the market for patents and patent licensing.