In the December 2011 of Business Law Today, The Cyberspace Law Section has weighed in with a series of articles discussing critical issues for online legislation, policy and security. The first is my introduction to the Protect IP Act and SOPA, the second focuses on international regulation, the third on the SEC move into disclosure of data threats, and the last on the internal regulations for updated policies.
All four articles are helpful and interesting. Please take a look.
As a postscript, let me point out that my article was intended to provide a neutral overview of the proposals currently before Congress. This was difficult for me to do. SOPA has a number of well-known problems and undermines data security. Moreover, the involvement of credit card companies and advertising companies will create a host of unintended consequences that will add to the cost of doing business while having only marginal impact on piracy. Nonetheless, the article was written to provide context to the current debate and help the public understand just how much additional regulation has been added in recent years.
Business Interests Under Attack in Cyberspace: Is International Regulation the Right Response?
By Henry L. Judy and David Satola
The SEC Staff’s ‘Cybersecurity Disclosure’ Guidance: Will It Help Investors or Cyber-thieves More?
By Roland L. Trope and Sarah Jane Hughes
Going Mobile: Are Your Company’s Electronic Communications Policies Ready to Travel?
By Kathleen M. Porter