It’s a mobile world, and information is big business. Never has it been so easy to collect, analyze, reproduce, and disseminate data about individuals. And never has it been so easy to do so on the tiniest of devices, whether we’re talking about smartphones, tablets, or other mobile technology that we now carry with us 24/7.
Yet with so much big data going so quickly on and off such little devices, it’s hard to see all of the privacy and security issues that are multiplying astronomically. This issue of The SciTech Lawyer magazine continues the SciTech Section’s in-depth exploration of “The Mobile Transformation,” which we launched in the prior double issue of this magazine, while zeroing in on many of the top privacy and security issues emerging in this transformation. The cumulative result is 100 pages of insights for lawyers and businesspeople who must increasingly consider the unprecedented privacy and security challenges of a world going mobile.
Fasten your seatbelts as you read this issue, because it’s going to be a fast ride:
- If you feel like somebody is always watching you, you’re probably right, as revealed in Lori Andrews’ article “Where’s Waldo? Geolocation, Mobile Apps, and Privacy.”
- After discovering the many ways mobile device data is used, especially for marketing, you might be thinking that “there ought to be a law . . . ,” which is where Bill Baker’s “Mobile Marketing Complicates Legal Compliance” article comes in.
- Dominique Shelton proves that some of this unwanted marketing attention can lead to individuals “courting” companies—via litigation—as she discusses in her article on “Mobile Apps: Great Marketing Tool or Litigation Trap for the Unwary?”
- Because everyone wants to know the latest enforcement trends, issue coeditor Ruth Hill Bro conducted a “Mobile Privacy and Security Q&A with the Regulators/Enforcers,” featuring the FTC’s Chris Olsen and the Ontario Privacy and Information Commissioner (and Privacy by Design pioneer) Ann Cavoukian.
- Looking beyond the marketplace and into the workplace, countless privacy and security issues are swirling around the BYOD (bring your own device) phenomenon that is presenting employers with extraordinary challenges. In this issue, we hit BYOD with a one-two punch: GE Capital’s Orrie Dinstein provides a comprehensive overview of these issues with his “Getting Through BYOD Without PTSD” article, and Kim Peretti and Bruce Sarkisian peer into a side of BYOD that employers ignore at their peril: “Peering Into Personal Space: Investigating Employee-Owned Mobile Devices.”
- We close with “Mobile Device Security,” by Robert Thibadeau and SciTech Section Chair Lucy Thomson, who expose the many ways in which mobile devices have become the weakest link in security, while they provide practical ways to deal with the problem.
We hope you enjoy this special issue of The SciTech Lawyer that is aptly named “Going Too Fast? Privacy and Security Challenges in a Mobile World.” It’s a fast read on an important topic that affects all of us as consumers and the clients we advise.