Beckage helps clients innovate and function in an age of disruptive technology. We understand the challenges associated with adapting new technologies, where the regulatory landscape is unclear. From evaluating ICOs and digital asset security, to the use of drones, robots, and automated technologies, Beckage advises clients seeking to develop or use innovative products to reduce risks and maximize opportunities in their operations.
At Beckage, our core competencies are technology and law, and our team’s backgrounds prove it. Beckage attorneys include former technology business owners and in-house information technology strategists who understand websites, network environments and database infrastructures. Our deep understanding of technological infrastructures allows us to work efficiently with IT departments and business executives to help put clients in a legally-defensible position, minimize risk, and innovate.
The Beckage Litigation Team represents businesses in commercial disputes concerning emerging technologies, technology systems and services, breach of contract, and indemnity claims to third-party vendor breaches, software disputes, website takedowns, domain name disputes, privacy disputes, and other technology-related matters.
Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, & Predictive Coding
Artificial intelligence concerns the automation of intelligent behavior. The pathway to creating intelligent machines, applications, or systems relies on mimicking human mental skills, such as pattern recognition and natural language processing. One method for making systems “smart” is machine learning. Machine learning involves the processing of data and may require the use of big data.
A robust governance program is vital when developing automated decision systems that require personal data using machine learning or other subsets of AI. Therefore, companies should work with tech lawyers who have the technology, business, and legal skills to design efficient data compliance programs. Beckage would be happy to help. We work with clients in developing policies and third-party contracts, addressing the use of AI, data science and predictive coding in projects.
Beckage has a team of experienced lawyers to guide companies through the legal landscape and the exciting opportunities that come along with implementing new technologies. Our attorneys have firsthand experience innovating with emerging technologies. Managing Director, Jennifer A. Beckage, Esq. CIPP/US, CIPPE has completed an MIT Certification in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Beckage Member, Myriah V. Jaworski, Esq. CIPP/US, CIPP/E has been quoted by Law.com on the legal challenged associated with AI technologies.
Digital Assets (Bitcoin, Blockchain)
What is a crypto currency and what role can digital assets and networks like bitcoin or blockchain play in my company’s operations? Beckage helps clients navigate these questions and advises companies on the legal and regulatory implications of integrating digital assets into business operations and maximizing the use of digital networks in product offerings.
Internet of Things
Personal and business privacy should contemplate the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT devices are fully integrated into our home and business using devices, vehicles, appliances and other electronically embedded products. In these exciting digital times, integrating IoT without managing the data and operational risks they pose could result in otherwise avoidable data breaches and security incidents to a business. Beckage understands IoT technologies and advises clients on best management practices for their use and integration.
Healthcare Emerging Technologies (Robotics, IoT, Biometrics)
The health sector is experiencing a surge in the implementation of innovative products and services caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. One key consumer-facing area is telehealth. Over the last year, consumer adoption of telehealth services has more than doubled while more healthcare providers are expected to adopt virtual health care services. Other emerging technologies in the healthcare space include (1) the use of robots to aid in surgical procedures, (2) care robots that provide support to the elderly and disabled, and (3) autonomous robots that deliver medications and other sensitive health materials within the hospital setting.
Federal laws such as HIPAA and HITECH may regulate both the data and the parties involved in the healthcare chain. State health laws and technology laws, such as biometric laws and IoT laws, may also apply along with breach notification laws.
Minimizing potential data risks associated with emerging technologies require navigating a complex system of domestic and global data protection laws that no company should tackle on its own.
Beckage’s Health Law Team of experienced lawyers helps guide companies through the legal landscape and the exciting opportunities that come along with implementing new technologies.