Ms. Buyer is a regular columnist for the THE BULLETIN of the Bar Association of Erie County and is a contributor to No Jitter. Previously, she has written numerous commentaries on telecommunications law for other legal and telecommunications publications including, among others, The Daily Record, Communications Convergence and Computer Telephony. Her articles cover a broad range of topics highlighting current telecommunications issues including federal and state telecommunications policy, litigation, wireless technologies, spectrum policy, FCC initiatives, and industry consolidation. Martha Buyer has also contributed to the ABA Journal Report.


Still Confused About GDPR? The EU Thought So

The European Data Protection Board issues draft guidelines to help EU outsiders understand their obligations.

In late November, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) issued draft guidelines to help -- at least a bit -- entities outside the EU define their responsibilities and obligations under the EU’s General Data Protection Rule (GDPR). Since GDPR took effect in May, enterprises worldwide that held or hold private information belonging to EU citizens (and yes, I know that based on the day, who is and isn’t an EU citizen is a bit of a moving target) have had to either take prescribed steps to avoid rules violations or simply be nervous that they might be caught non-compliant and forced into massive penalties and subsequent costly remediation.

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New Cybercrime Lingo, New Ways to De-Weaponize the Perps

Remember when everyone knew -- and used -- words like “switchboard” and “intercom?” You don’t have to admit this aloud. As words such as these become obsolete, they’re quickly replaced by others. Consider “doxing” and “swatting,” two words in the communications technology/data security world that first came to my attention just the other day. Neither word is brand-spanking new (and swatting, with respect to insects at least, has been around for eons), but with respect to harnessing technology for unsavory purposes, both represent relatively new phenomena.

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Supreme Court on Net Neutrality Review: Not Happening! 

Since the earliest days following the D.C. Circuit’s decision to uphold the FCC’s 2015 Net neutrality rules, seven separate court cases have been appealed to the Supreme Court. Last Monday, Nov.  5, the court, by a 4-3 majority (more on that in a few paragraphs), decided NOT to hear any of those appeals on the rules invalidated by the Republican controlled FCC.  This doesn’t mean that there may not be more attempts in the future, but for now, all’s quiet on the Supreme Court front.

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Net Neutrality, the Midterms… & California Too!

Let’s start with the fact that way more exciting things are going on politically at the moment than the battle over Net neutrality. Even for those of us who are passionate about this issue, what’s going on in the White House/Supreme Court/Senate (pick one) is probably more compelling than anything the FCC could or might do. However, as we approach the final few weeks before the ever-important midterm elections, it’s critical to consider how your representative feels about Net neutrality and use that information to vote accordingly.

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Following Verizon Wireless’s Recent Adventure in Throttling

A look at regulatory and practical considerations around the high-profile misstep

Thanks to my friends at No Jitter, I’ve been able to write extensively about some of the issues associated with Net Neutrality.  If you know me, or are familiar with my commentary, you know where I stand. To recap, in my opinion, Net Neutrality is essential to our ability as Americans to communicate and consume information as we so choose.  During the recent spate of California fires, when Verizon got caught throttling data in order to secure a more lucrative contract from a California municipality, I was dumbfounded.

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