Cybersecurity Threats to Precision Ag

Cybersecurity Threats to Precision Ag

One of the most common questions I am asked when speaking about ag data privacy issues is:  Why would an outsider want my ag data? The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) just released a report addressing this question: Threats to Precision Agriculture. 

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Common Contract Mistakes Made by Ag Tech Companies

Common Contract Mistakes Made by Ag Tech Companies

Here are some of the common mistakes that ag tech companies making when drafting their ag tech contracts.

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USDA and Ag Data: Improving Productivity while Protecting Privacy

USDA and Ag Data: Improving Productivity while Protecting Privacy

The 2018 Farm Bill provides a unique opportunity for USDA to transform the way that is collects and uses ag data. I recently co-authored an article for AGree on how USDA can harness ag data to improve farm policy.

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First Livestock Data Platform becomes Ag Data Transparent

First Livestock Data Platform becomes Ag Data Transparent

MyDairyDashboard has become the first livestock data company to earn the Ag Data Transparent seal of approval.  

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What Should AgTech Learn from GDPR?

What Should AgTech Learn from GDPR?

The US is still long ways from adopting a GDPR style regulation that applies across the country to protect data privacy, but what parts of GDPR are a step in the right direction for ag tech?

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Does GDPR Apply to North American Ag Data Platforms?

Does GDPR Apply to North American Ag Data Platforms?

Should a US or Canadian ag data platform--whose farmers are located only in North America--become GDPR compliant?  Here are the questions you should ask to determine the answer.

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Do GDPR Protections Extend to Ag Data?

Do GDPR Protections Extend to Ag Data?

With the deadline looming from for compliance the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), ag data companies may be wondering whether their privacy policies need to be in compliance with the EU's regulation. This post answers the threshold question: Does the GDPR apply to collection of ag data in North America?

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Creating an Ag Data Use Policy

Creating an Ag Data Use Policy

More ag tech providers should take the time to develop ag data use policies with their customers. This post explains how. 

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Three Privacy Lessons Ag Tech Providers Should Learn from Facebook's Troubles

Three Privacy Lessons Ag Tech Providers Should Learn from Facebook's Troubles

Facebook's recent privacy breach has made me wonder whether these same missteps could happen to an ag tech provider. What should we learn from what happened? 

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The Agricultural Data Act of 2018

The Agricultural Data Act of 2018

A bill has been introduced in the US Senate to help USDA collect conservation related data. The bill promises to create a national data warehouse that universities and others could tap into for research into conservation efforts. Learn more about the Agricultural Data Act of 2018.

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Reflections on Ag Tech from Commodity Classic '18

Reflections on Ag Tech from Commodity Classic '18

Here are my observations on the latest ag tech from Commodity Classic 2018.

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What is Ag Data Transparent?

What is Ag Data Transparent?

John Deere's announcement that it had certified the John Deere Operations Center as "Ag Data Transparent" this week might have you wondering, what exactly does that mean?  This post answers that question. But first, a quick history lesson about how we got here.

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Filling Potholes on the Road to Rural Broadband

Filling Potholes on the Road to Rural Broadband

Qualcomm is building the next generation of chips to run on a 5G network. These have enormous possibilities for ag technology. Will the US be ready to harness these 5G devices when they arrive or will innovation move elsewhere?  

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Ag Tech Predictions for 2018

Ag Tech Predictions for 2018

Here are my predictions for the ag tech buzzwords we'll be talking about in 2018.

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The Year in Reverse: 2017

The Year in Reverse: 2017

Here's a look back at the four biggest ag law and technology stories from 2017.

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Can an Ag Tech Provider Collect Data without Your Consent?

Can an Ag Tech Provider Collect Data without Your Consent?

During a recent webinar, an audience member asked:  "Can a machine track and send data to the manufacturer without the owner's consent?"  I think you could even broaden this question to ask: "Can a machine can send data to a manufacturer without the owners' knowledge?"

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US Senate Testimony: Technology in Ag: Data-Driven Farming

US Senate Testimony: Technology in Ag: Data-Driven Farming

On November 14, 2017, I will be testifying before the US Senate's Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance and Data Security.

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When will ag data's Equifax moment arrive?

When will ag data's Equifax moment arrive?

Like you, my personal information was compromised in the recent Equifax data breach. Are ag tech providers prepared for the day when this happens to them?

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LinkedIn Case Shows the Limits of Data Ownership

LinkedIn Case Shows the Limits of Data Ownership

A recent ruling on a case involving LinkedIn's collection of user data helps answers some, but not all, of our questions about how the law will ultimately treat ag data. 

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10 Minute Lunch Break Webcast: Becoming Ag Data Transparent

10 Minute Lunch Break Webcast: Becoming Ag Data Transparent

We are launching a series of short, informative webinars on a variety of ag law topics.  Our first video is about becoming Ag Data Transparent. 

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