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Baker McKenzie’s North America Privacy Team is excited to present Privacy Bingo: US State Law Edition – offering an interactive way to help you navigate the complexity of the data privacy landscape across the US. With numerous states to date that have now passed comprehensive privacy laws, we developed a set of bingo cards – one per state – that allows you to compare certain features of each state law in a compact format. Each…

In June 2024, New York enacted two laws that will impose extensive new requirements on companies operating in the state to enhance online protections for children. The first is the New York Child Data Protection Act (“NYCDPA”), which imposes data minimization, consent and data processor agreement obligations on online services operators that actually know they collect minors’ personal information or target their services at minors. The second is the Stop Addictive Feeds Exploitation (SAFE) for…

This article was first published in Corporate Counsel Magazine. A New Era of Influence: A Swift Take on Branding, Computer-Generated Influencers and Deepfakes | Corporate Counsel (law.com) A-list celebrities like Taylor Swift are not the only ones leveraging their influence to promote and sell products and services. Streamers, vloggers, and other creatives are using their platforms to influence today’s consumer trends. However, a steep rise in the use of GenAI and computer-generated influencers brings with…

On April 29, 2024, the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released initial drafts of four significant policy and governance documents aimed at improving the safety and reliability of AI systems. The launch came on the 180th day following President Biden’s Executive Order 14110 on the Safe, Secure and Trustworthy Development of AI, which instructed NIST to establish guidelines and best practices to promote consensus industry standards for developing and deploying…

In Brief On May 17, 2024 Colorado Governor Polis signed the landmark Colorado AI Act (Senate Bill 24-205) into law. Colorado is now the first US state with comprehensive AI regulation, adopting a classification system like the European Union’s recent AI Act. The law will take effect February 1, 2026. The law exempts small employers (fewer than fifty full-time employees) from some of its requirements but otherwise requires companies to take extensive measures to protect…

On April 4, 2024, the Kentucky Governor Andy Brashear signed HB 15, enacting the Kentucky Consumer Data Protection Act (“KCDPA” or the “Act”), to make Kentucky the 15th US state to adopt a comprehensive privacy law. Kentucky joins New Hampshire and New Jersey in a trifecta of states that have enacted privacy legislation in the opening months of 2024. In the days since the KCDPA’s signing, the consumer privacy stakes have been raised, with the…

Background On February 28, 2024, California State Senator Dave Min proposed Senate Bill (SB) 1394, a new measure aimed at preventing vehicular data from being used to perpetuate domestic violence. Under the proposal, automobile manufacturers would be required to disable access to remote vehicle technologies upon the request of a victim of domestic violence. The bill arrives amid increasing reports of incidents of domestic abusers exploiting vehicular location tracking features to stalk and harass victims…

In brief Surrounded by an improbable retinue of country music stars and state lawmakers, on March 21, 2024 Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed HB 2091, which amends the state’s right of publicity statute to create the Ensuring Likeness, Voice, and Image Security Act of 2024 (the “ELVIS Act”). The ELVIS Act is billed as the first law to protect “songwriters, performers, and music industry professionals’ voice from the misuse of artificial intelligence.” The ELVIS Act…

On February 8, 2024, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously adopted a declaratory ruling deeming telephone calls using AI-generated voices subject to Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) restrictions on calls containing an “artificial or prerecorded voice”. According to the ruling, § 227 of the TCPA, which prohibits the initiation of “any telephone call to any residential telephone line using an artificial or pre-recorded voice to deliver a message without the prior express consent of the…

It would be an understatement to say that generative AI is taking the business world by storm. Companies are racing to find ways to integrate AI into their daily processes, and software companies are no exception. Generative AI has demonstrated a high level of compatibility with day to day software development tasks, especially those processes that are more routine. CEOs of some of the biggest tech companies in the world have even expressed that junior…