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From and the publisher of The American Lawyer, Unprecedented is a biweekly podcast about the future of law. San Francisco-based journalist Ben Hancock interviews experts and newsmakers about how technology and other innovations are changing the law and the legal profession. Topics have included hacking and privacy law, third-party litigation funding, legal data analytics, and autonomous vehicles.

Sep 8, 2017

Duration: 28:36

Attorneys trying to keep up with the legal landscape surrounding transfers of data between the United States and the European Union have had their work cut out for them the last few years. First, the U.S.-EU “Safe Harbor” framework was scrapped by the EU high court. Just as that was being patched up...

Sep 8, 2017

Duration: 22:50

The Internet of Things has a certain allure. You can set your home at just the right temperature, or ask Alexa about the First Amendment. But if there was one takeaway from the Mirai botnet debacle that weaponized over a million internet cameras, it was this: a lot of these devices have serious security...

Sep 8, 2017

Duration: 20:01

How far should the arm of the law reach when it comes to data stored overseas?

That’s a question that courts continue to struggle with, even after U.S. tech companies scored a landmark win last year in favor of limiting what authorities can obtain when it comes to foreign-stored data.


Sep 8, 2017

Duration: 32:18

In this episode of Unprecedented, we talk with Cogan Schneier, a reporter for The National Law Journal who wrote about the groundbreaking privacy and civil rights lawsuit when it was filed last week. “While the lawsuit doesn’t have any smoking gun … if it were to make it past the initial stages and...

Sep 8, 2017

Duration: 19:38

Autonomous vehicles have been in the news a lot lately. Tesla Motors was just hit with a class action lawsuit alleging that its autopilot technology puts drivers in danger when engaged. And in March, the California Department of Motor Vehicles released proposed regulations for fully autonomous...