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Conor Kane

Conor Kane advises clients on a broad range of privacy, artificial intelligence, telecommunications, and emerging technology matters. He assists clients with complying with state privacy laws, developing AI governance structures, and engaging with the Federal Communications Commission.

Before joining Covington, Conor worked in digital advertising helping teams develop large consumer data collection and analytics platforms. He uses this experience to advise clients on matters related to digital advertising and advertising technology.

On April 2, 2024, the FCC released a Report and Order (the “Order”) and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (the “Further Notice”) approving a rule change on a bipartisan, unanimous basis to allow radio broadcasters to use FM boosters to direct hyper-local programming for a portion of each hour at specific geographic areas rather than to do what radio stations have done for a century, which is sending the same broadcast stream over the entire market.  Prior to the rule change, radio stations could only use FM boosters to retransmit the main signal to areas not well covered by the primary antenna. Continue Reading FCC Approves Rule Change Revolutionizing Radio Industry

Last month, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) finalized a new rule prohibiting the impersonation of government and business entities.  That same day, the FTC sought comment on a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (“SNPRM”) to expand the rule to prohibit the impersonation of individuals and to extend liability to parties who provide the means and instrumentalities to create unlawful impersonations.  The FTC cited concerns about AI-generated deepfakes as its rationale for these actions.  FTC Chair Lina Khan stated that the proposed expansions would strengthen “the FTC’s toolkit to address AI-enabled scams impersonating individuals.”Continue Reading The FTC Prohibits AI-Generated Impersonation Fraud

On January 12, 2024, California state Assembly member Marc Berman introduced a bill that would impose criminal penalties for the creation, distribution, and possession of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) created using artificial intelligence (AI).  The bill would expand California’s definition of “obscene matter” to include “representations of real or fictitious persons generated through the

In late December 2023, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) published a Report and Order (“Order”) expanding the scope of the data breach notification rules (“Rules”) applicable to telecommunications carriers and interconnected VoIP (“iVoIP”) providers.  The Order makes several notable changes to the prior rules, including broadening the definitions of a reportable “breach” and “covered data,” requiring covered entities to notify the FCC in addition to federal law enforcement of breaches, and modifying certain customer notification requirements.  The Rules are expected to become effective sometime in 2024, after they are reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget and the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau (“Bureau”) announces the effective dates by subsequent public notice.Continue Reading The FCC Expands Scope of Data Breach Notification Rules

On November 16, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) announced a competition seeking solutions to protect consumers from voice cloning technology harms. Voice cloning technology can create a nearly identical clone of someone’s voice based on a short audio clip and is becoming more sophisticated as text-to-speech AI advances. The FTC cited concerns about

On October 4, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) hosted a virtual roundtable discussion on the “Creative Economy and Generative AI.” This event included speakers from the FTC, including Chair Lina Khan, and panelists representing various creative industries, including authors, voice actors, models, and visual artists. Although the panelists expressed concern about Generative AI’s (“GenAI”) potential impact on creative industries, many also expressed optimism that GenAI could augment, rather than replace, human creativity.Continue Reading FTC Holds Roundtable Discussion on the “Creative Economy and Generative AI”

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) issued new guidance and adopted new rules intended to expedite the processing of satellite and earth station license applications.  In a corresponding move, the agency adopted a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“FNPRM”) seeking comment on additional policy changes concerning satellite and earth station licensing.  These actions, which are part of the FCC’s new Space Innovation agenda, highlight the agency’s ongoing commitment to increasing its role in the regulation of a growing commercial space economy. This latest space-related FCC action consists of two parts: (1) a Report and Order (“R&O”) issuing new guidance and adopting new rules concerning the Space Bureau’s processing of satellite and earth station license applications, and (2) an FNPRM proposing further policy changes. 

This latest space-related FCC action consists of two parts: (1) a Report and Order (“R&O”) issuing new guidance and adopting new rules concerning the Space Bureau’s processing of satellite and earth station license applications, and (2) an FNPRM proposing further policy changes. Continue Reading FCC Takes Action to Expedite Satellite Licensing as Part of Agency’s Space Innovation Agenda

On September 8, 2023, Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Josh Hawley (R-MO), Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law, announced a new bipartisan framework for artificial intelligence (“AI”) legislation.  Senator Blumenthal said, “This bipartisan framework is a milestone – the first tough, comprehensive legislative blueprint for real, enforceable AI protections. It should put us on a path to addressing the promise and peril AI portends.” He also told CTInsider that he hopes to have a “detailed legislative proposal” ready for Congress by the end of this year.Continue Reading Senators Release Bipartisan Framework for AI Legislation