Megan Baca moderated Ropes & Gray’s annual “From the Boardroom” panel – held in San Francisco during the 2024 J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference – which this year looked at the role of artificial intelligence and big data in the context of dealmaking. It can feel hard to escape AI at the moment, with some debate as to whether AI is currently over-hyped or in fact at a transformational tipping point. Continue Reading Dealmaking with AI and Big Data – Charting the new frontier in life sciences

In a Law360 article, IP transactions and technology partner Regina Sam Penti, IP transactions counsel Georgina Jones Suzuki and IP transactions associate Derek Mubiru analyzed the recent trend of artificial intelligence (AI) providers offering indemnity shields and urged businesses to exercise caution in relying on these indemnities.

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For the second day of data, we are taking a look around the world. The most significant new international data protection law of 2023 is probably India’s long-awaited comprehensive data protection law, the Digital Personal Data Protection Act, 2023 (the “DPDP Act”). The DPDP Act was enacted and notified in the Official Gazette on 11 August 2023. The law will not come into effect until the government provides notice of an effective date, which is still forthcoming, with different effective dates expected for different provisions. Last month, Rohan Massey, co-leader of Ropes & Gray’s data, privacy & cybersecurity practice, sat down with Sajai Singh, a partner at J. Sagar Associates in Bangalore, to discuss the law.Continue Reading Unpacking India’s Digital Personal Data Protection Act

On October 10, 2023, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law the California Delete Act, which imposes new requirements on “data brokers.” Because of the California law’s broad definition of the term “data broker,” the law will apply to many businesses that would not typically think of themselves as engaged in buying and selling data.  The Delete Act will require such “data brokers” to make new disclosures and, beginning in 2026, respond to bulk deletion requests submitted via a mechanism established by the California Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA), which is likely to prove onerous.  Unlike current deletion requests, which are sent on a one-off basis to specific businesses, the Delete Act will require these requests to be honored by all businesses registered with the CPPA as a data broker simultaneously.  As a result, data brokers will see a significant increase in the volume of such requests they are required to process.  Additionally, beginning in 2028, data brokers will be required to undergo costly third-party compliance audits. Continue Reading California Adopts “Delete Act”:  New Requirements for Data Brokers

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

With the onslaught of state privacy laws passed earlier this spring and summer, the Texas Data Privacy and Security Act (the “TDPSA”) signed into law on June 18, 2023, may not have received its due.  Although largely following the template set in other states, the Texas law is unique among the non-California comprehensive privacy laws in tying its scoping criteria to the size of a business rather than to a threshold number of data subjects whose information a business processes annually—typically 100,000 state residents.  The company must also (1) conduct business in Texas or produce a product or service consumed in the state and (2) process or “sell” personal data (more on the definition of “sell” below, which would include many disclosures made through online advertising).  As a result, many mid-market businesses that process smaller amounts of data (falling under the 100,000-resident threshold applicable in many states) could still be required to comply.Continue Reading Texas Data Privacy and Security Act Could Impact More Businesses

On 22 May 2023, the Irish data protection regulator (DPC) announced that it had issued a record-breaking €1.2 billion fine in a decision relating to non-compliant EU-to-U.S. data transfers under the GDPR. This fine imposed by the DPC substantially overshadows the previous record of €746 million under the GDPR, and raises several concerns for organisations transferring personal data from the EU to the U.S.Continue Reading From Likes to Strikes: The Implications of the Record-Breaking EU €1.2 Billion GDPR Fine

The UK Government’s vision for a post-Brexit data protection regime includes controversial changes to the remit and workings of the Information Commissioner’s Office.  In a Privacy Laws & Business article on possible ICO reform, Edward Machin considers what its proposed structure, duties and powers means for the independence of the regulator and its standing on

On July 18, 2022, the UK Government introduced into Parliament the Data Protection and Digital Information Bill (the Data Reform Bill), which proposes legislation to reform the UK data protection regime.  A recent article in Entertainment Law Review by Ropes & Gray attorneys Rohan Massey, Christopher Foo & Edward Machin analyzes the Data Reform Bill’s