What You Need to Know About FAA’s Three New Rulemakings

On February 13, 2019, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published (1) a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on the Operation of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) over People; (2) an advanced NPRM (ANPRM) on the Safe and Secure Operations of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems; and (3) an Interim Final Rule (IFR) on an External Marking Requirement for Small Unmanned Aircraft. Comments are due for the NPRM and the ANPRM in 60 days. Comments are due for the IFR in 30 days, and the IFR becomes effective in 10 days.

New Executive Order Drives Federal AI Strategy

On Monday, President Trump issued an Executive Order launching the American AI Initiative, a coordinated strategy across the government to promote AI research, development, and deployment.  The Executive Order follows initiatives by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to focus on the benefits that AI has to offer, encourage its development, and seek to maintain U.S. leadership in a rapidly developing area.

The FTC is Back Up and Running: The Chairman’s Update on Agency Priorities

FTC Chairman Joe Simons outlined the agency’s priorities in his keynote at the ABA’s consumer protection conference on Tuesday, promising vigorous enforcement as the agency emerges from the shutdown.  Without commenting on any pending investigations, he made clear that the agency would continue to pursue enforcement actions in a number of areas.  And he reiterated calls to Congress to give the agency new tools and expanded authority.

NIST Launches Effort to Establish IoT Security Baseline; Seeks Stakeholder Feedback

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), within the Department of Commerce, has launched an effort to identify “a core set of cybersecurity capabilities that could be a baseline for [Internet of Things (IoT)] devices.”  The discussion draft, Considerations for a Core IoT Cybersecurity Capabilities Baseline, is intended to solicit stakeholder feedback and includes NIST’s “initial thoughts about what a core baseline of cybersecurity capabilities that are important for most IoT devices would look like.”

Big Data Transforming Healthcare, But Cybersecurity Issues Loom

Mobile and cloud technologies, combined with big data and advanced analytics are revolutionizing our healthcare system, making life-saving care accessible to more patients. At the same time, the medical sector is under constant cyberattack. The healthcare infrastructure, electronic medical records and medical devices are all targets of malicious activity by criminals, hacktivists and nation states.