NAAG Announces Formation of Center on Cyber and Technology

Washington, D.C. — The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) has established the Center on Cyber and Technology. The new Center is dedicated to developing programs and resources to support state attorneys general and their staffs in understanding technical aspects of emerging and evolving technologies, conducting cybercrime investigations and prosecutions, and ensuring secure and resilient…

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Discussing Privacy Fallacies: Concluding Thoughts

Third in a Series  Talking about privacy is like trying to hug an octopus. The concept covers a wide array of practices and technologies, including targeted advertising, surveillance, artificial intelligence and predictive analytics, biometrics and facial recognition, social media platforms and mobile apps, and online and geolocation tracking, to name just a few. Understanding all…

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Discussing Privacy: More Fallacies, and Why Context Matters

Part 2 in an Ongoing Series Data is the oil of the modern economy. That analogy, although it has become a cliché, seems even more apt when you dig deeper. A century ago, we were building our economy around the suddenly ubiquitous flow of oil. We didn’t assign much weight to the externalities in our…

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Facial Recognition Technology 101: An Introduction for the State Attorney General Community

Facial recognition technology – AI assisted biometric algorithms that examine images of human faces to identify or authenticate an individual – has generated both excitement regarding its benefits and concerns over privacy and the potential for its surveillance capabilities to misidentify individuals. From government/law enforcement to private industry, its growing ubiquity has led some in…

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Cybercrime Investigations: A Comprehensive View from Two Former Prosecutors

Individuals and organizations in every state are at risk from constantly-evolving forms of cybercrime. Yet most cybercrimes go without criminal investigation or response. State attorneys general can play a critical role in increasing and improving our shared response to cybercrime. Statewide reach, as well as the ability to coordinate with local and national agencies, place…

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51 Attorneys General Urge Efforts to Stop Robocallers from Misusing Legitimate Phone Numbers

Washington, D.C. — The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) today wrote the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in support of its efforts to reduce illegal robocallers’ access to legitimate phone numbers to make unending robocalls that scam people out of their hard-earned money. The comment letter to the FCC was signed by all 50 state…

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Debunking the Privacy Fallacies

This is the first in a series of articles about privacy-related issues that may be of interest to state attorneys general. When I was in law school, “privacy law” wasn’t really discussed. Today, it seems like all anyone can talk about. That might be because I work on privacy and data security matters for the…

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Press Invited to Attend Conference on the Surveillance Economy

WHO: The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) is hosting the conference in conjunction with Vermont Attorney General and NAAG Eastern Region Chair T.J. Donovan. Attorneys general scheduled to speak include: William Tong, Connecticut Attorney General and NAAG Eastern Region Co-Vice Chair Karl A. Racine, District of Columbia Attorney General and NAAG President Maura Healey,…

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Attorneys General Ask Congress to Fund Expanded Access to Broadband

We urge Congress to close the digital divide and help ensure that all Americans have home internet connectivity necessary to participate in telemedicine, teleschooling, and telework as part of any additional legislation that provides relief and recovery resources related to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.

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NAAG Works to Expose Illegal Robocallers

State Attorneys General have long been leaders in the fight against illegal robocallers and their assault on the American people’s privacy.

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