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Looking back on 2023, the trend of privacy-based class actions has only increased, and it doesn’t seem poised to halt or even slow down in the new year. Businesses are feeling acutely the threat of future litigation. At the end of 2022, the hundreds of cross-industry respondents to the Annual Litigation Trends Survey cited cybersecurity, data protection, and data privacy as the second-highest ranked area of future concern for class actions, and their concerns turned out to be justified. From peeved Pixel plaintiffs to data breach defendants, class actions abounded this year.Continue Reading Dashing Through 2023’s Privacy Litigation Trends

In a Law360 article, co-authored by data, privacy & cybersecurity partner Fran Faircloth and associate May Yang, the team reflect on 2023 Global AI highlights, noting “2023 stands out as a landmark year for artificial intelligence and for generative AI in particular.”

“The launch of OpenAI’s ChatGPT in late 2022 marked a turning point, igniting a global race among tech companies and investors to harness and evolve this burgeoning technology,” said Fran and May. This development brings a myriad of legal implications, touching on intellectual property challenges, data privacy and cybersecurity risks, and ethical considerations in AI Deployment.Continue Reading Reviewing 2023’s Global AI Landscape Across Practice Areas

Not that long ago, financial sector regulations seldom mentioned cybersecurity expressly, instead addressing the issue indirectly through restrictions focused on general system safeguards and omnibus reporting requirements. Gone are those days. Over the past few years, federal and state regulators have increased focus on information security issues impacting financial institutions, introducing a spate of cyber rules that often include stringent regulatory reporting and disclosure requirements. This year was no different.Continue Reading Making a List and Checking it Twice: The Impact of Cybersecurity Regulations on Financial Services in 2023

Last week, Delaware Governor John Carney signed into law the Delaware Personal Data Privacy Act (“DPDPA”), the state’s new consumer privacy law that will become effective January 1, 2025. The First State is now the 12th state to fully enact a comprehensive consumer data privacy law, joining California, Colorado, Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa, Montana, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Virginia. Our previous posts on laws in those states can be found here. Though the DPDPA generally tracks consumer privacy laws in other states—particularly those in Colorado, Connecticut, and Oregon—it does contain nuances that organizations should note, particularly a lack of general exclusions for nonprofits and higher education institutions as well as a lower threshold for applicability.Continue Reading Delaware Becomes Twelfth State to Pass Consumer Privacy Law

On this episode of the R&G Tech Studio, mergers & acquisitions partner Sarah Young sits down with data, privacy & cybersecurity partner Fran Faircloth to discuss how she advises clients on all aspects of corporate strategy, and whether she thinks artificial intelligence and machine learning will impact her clients in the months and years

Ropes & Gray, in partnership with Mass Insight Global Partnerships, hosts and presents the Data Insights webinar series. This series focuses on bringing together business people, academics and researchers, and government policy makers to discuss issues associated with the collection and use of data to address significant problems across a broad range of contexts. The

On this episode of the R&G Tech Studio, litigation & enforcement partner Ama Adams, who’s also the managing partner of Ropes & Gray’s Washington, D.C. office, sits down with data, privacy & cybersecurity partner Fran Faircloth to discuss how she helps clients bridge the gap between ongoing national security concerns and the rapidly evolving

Tune in to the third episode of Ropes & Gray’s podcast series, The Data Day, brought to you by the firm’s data, privacy & cybersecurity practice. This series focuses on the day-to-day effects that data has on all of our lives as well as other exciting and interesting legal and regulatory developments in the

On this episode of the R&G Tech Studio, intellectual property transactions and technology co-leader Megan Baca, who’s also co-leader of the firm’s digital health initiative, sits down with data, privacy & cybersecurity partner Fran Faircloth to discuss the innovation of AI and its impacts on collaboration, research and development, particularly in the digital health