Francine Friedman

Francine Friedman

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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Cybersecurity Activity During Last Gasp of Lame-Duck Congress

This week, there has been a flurry of last-minute action on various cybersecurity items in both the House and Senate. Much of the legislative activity involved modest adjustments to, or confirmation of, the authority or...more

12/15/2014 - Cybersecurity Cybersecurity Act DHS FISMA National Security NCCIP OMB

Data Breaches: Industry Calls for Single, Federal Breach Notification Standard

Yesterday, a coalition of 44 service and retail industry trade associations sent a letter to congressional leadership, urging the House and Senate to adopt a single data breach notification standard at the federal level. The...more

11/7/2014 - Breach Notification Rule Data Breach Data Protection

Administration and SIFMA Announce New Steps to Make Financial Data More Secure

On October 17, 2014, President Obama directed the federal government to take steps to improve the security of financial transactions in the United States. As part of the “BuySecure” Initiative, the President pledged a...more

10/22/2014 - Banking Sector Banks Barack Obama CFPB Cybersecurity Data Protection Identity Theft Law Enforcement SIFMA U.S. Treasury

California Enacts New Data Protection, Notification and Remedy Law

On Tuesday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a new data protection bill, which comes amid revelations of additional high-profile data breaches at Supervalu and Albertson’s grocery stores. ...more

10/3/2014 - Breach Notification Rule Data Breach Data Protection Remedies

Cloud Hacking Incidents May Prompt Congress and the Administration to Turn Attention Again to Mobile Privacy Issues

With the recent theft and release of several celebrities’ private photographs (many of which appear to have been taken with, and stored on, mobile devices), mobile privacy and the protection of sensitive data stored or...more

9/3/2014 - Cloud Computing Cybersecurity Data Protection Hackers Popular

Senate Intelligence Committee Advances Cyber Sharing Bill

On July 8, 2014, in closed session, the U.S. Senate Committee on Intelligence voted 12-3 to report the Cyber Information Sharing Act (CISA). The bill would grant legal immunity for companies to share cyber threat data with...more

7/10/2014 - CISPA Cyber Threats Cybersecurity Data Protection

House Subcommittees Hold Joint Hearing on Data Mining and Student Privacy

Today, the House Education Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education and the Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies held a joint...more

6/26/2014 - COPPA Data Mining DOE FERPA Legislative Agendas Legislative Committees Privacy Laws Public Schools School Districts Students

Senate Judiciary Committee Plans Geo-Location Tracking Hearing

The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law has announced it will hold a hearing on June 4, 2014, regarding the Location Privacy Protection Act of 2014....more

5/29/2014 - Data Collection Legislative Committees Location Privacy Location Privacy Protection Act Privacy Concerns Privacy Policy

FTC Releases Data Broker Report

Today, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a long-awaited report on the data-broker industry. In the report, the FTC characterized data brokers as operating with a “fundamental lack of transparency.” The report, which...more

5/28/2014 - Data Brokers Data Collection Data Protection FTC Information Reports Investigations Legislative Agendas Opt-Outs Privacy Concerns

Senate Committee Turns Attention to Online Advertising Security

The Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations released a report on May 14, 2014, regarding the security of online advertisements. Entitled “Online Advertising and Hidden Hazards...more

5/16/2014 - Advertising Data Protection Legislative Agendas

White House Releases Report on “Big Data”

The White House released its report on “big data” today, making several policy recommendations for the use of personal data in the commercial, educational and health care sectors. The report was spurred at the request of...more

5/2/2014 - Big Data Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection

Target, University of Maryland Testify on Data Breaches; Congress, FTC and SEC Continue Inquiries

On Wednesday, March 26, 2014, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing entitled “Protecting Personal Consumer Information from Cyber Attacks and Data Breaches” and heard testimony from...more

3/27/2014 - Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection FTC Investigations SEC Target

House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Data Security

On February 5, the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade held a hearing titled “Protecting Consumer Information: Can Data Breaches Be Prevented?” The hearing follows two consecutive Senate...more

2/7/2014 - Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection DHS FTC Neiman Marcus Target

Senate Committees Hold Data Security Hearings

On Monday, February 3, and Tuesday, February 4, the Senate Banking and Senate Judiciary Committees (respectively) held hearings on the topic of data security and breach notification. Witnesses at both hearings included...more

2/5/2014 - Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection FTC Neiman Marcus Target

House and Senate Committees to Hold Data Breach Hearings in February

In the wake of recent data breaches at major retailers Target and Neiman Marcus, Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has renewed his efforts to enact stronger data security requirements for companies that collect...more

1/17/2014 - Breach Notification Rule Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection Neiman Marcus Personally Identifiable Information Target

Renewed Congressional Interest in Federal Data Security and Breach Notification Legislation

In light of recent, well-publicized, data security breaches at major retailers and social media company Snapchat, legislators are renewing the call for new federal laws that would strengthen data security and notification...more

1/14/2014 - Breach Notification Rule Cyber Crimes Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection FTC Internet Retailers Personally Identifiable Information Privacy Concerns Retailers SnapChat Target

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