ePrivacy and eEvidence in the EU: An Update

Data protection and the right to privacy are two given rights enshrined within the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a first attempt to ensure European citizens’ data is handled and processed in line with these fundamental rights. Two proposed regulations in the European Union (EU)—“Privacy and Electronic Communications” (ePrivacy) and “European Production and Preservation Orders for electronic evidence in criminal matters” (eEvidence)—could have dramatic effects on the way app developers [...]

What’s More Control with Fewer Options?

How New Privacy Laws May Impact Apps Designed to Protect Your Privacy By Graham Dufault and Madeline Zick On an average day, how many calls do you get that are just spam? You hear your phone buzz, you take one look at the screen displaying the phone number—likely with your area code—and as you answer it you get a sinking feeling that you’re probably not going to hear a human voice on the other end of the line. You answer [...]

Apple v. Pepper: Trial Attorneys Win, Developers Lose

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Apple v. Pepperhas robbed developers of their autonomy and independence by categorizing them as mere suppliers or manufacturers to platforms. While the headline of this case has been a question of who can sue whom for purposes of antitrust harms, this case is actually about maintaining the integrity of developers’ relationship with their customers and their partnership with platforms. This is precisely why we filed an amicusin this case to warn the Court against [...]

The Promise of Connected Care Depends on Rural Connectivity

Written by Lucienne Ide, MD, PhD | Founder of Rimidi In medicine, we often talk about meeting a patient where they are. Usually, this is in reference to their health literacy levels or their readiness to follow a treatment plan. It’s more challenging to physically meet patients where they are—especially those in rural communities where there is poverty, with remote locations and fewer local doctors. A quarter of Americans who live in rural areas have to drive an average of [...]

Coalition Against Anticompetitive SEP Abuse Keeps Expanding After Apple/Qualcomm Settlement; Calls on Commerce Department and USPTO to Continue Bipartisan SEP Policies

The agreement Apple and Qualcomm announced last week may have ended direct litigation between the two companies, but it did nothing to address the growing threat to competition and innovation caused by anticompetitive abuse of standard-essential patents (SEPs) by Qualcomm and others. That is why the alliance of companies, organizations, and industries demanding regulators and lawmakers defend the concept of open and accessible standards through fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing keeps expanding. Over the past few weeks, Daimler, Continental [...]

The Hip Bone is Connected to the Smartphone

Hi! We haven’t formally met, but I’m Ashley Durkin-Rixey, director of communications at ACT | The App Association. I joined the App Association in August of 2018. This is a personal story about digital health tools that begins with roller derby. I played competitive roller derby for about eight years with two teams in the DC area, from 2006 until 2015. If you need a primer on roller derby, check out this one courtesy of the Women’s Flat Track Derby [...]

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