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Matthew Thomas

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Reps. Burgess, Blackburn and Welch Release Data Breach Bill

On Thursday, March 12, 2015, House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Chairman Michael Burgess (R-TX), along with Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Peter Welch (D-VT), released draft text of...more

3/16/2015 - Breach Notification Rule Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection Identity Theft

Markey, Democrats Introduce Data Broker Bill

On Thursday, March 5, 2015, Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), along with Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Al Franken (D-MN), introduced legislation that would grant the FTC authority to issue new rules...more

3/10/2015 - Data Brokers FTC Proposed Legislation

White House Releases Revised Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights

On Friday, February 27, 2015, the White House released a revised version of its 2012 proposal for a consumer privacy bill of rights. The revised legislative proposal largely tracks with the 2012 proposal in that it focuses on...more

3/2/2015 - Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Corporate Counsel Covered Entities Enforcement Authority FTC Obama Administration Proposed Legislation

White House Holds Cybersecurity Summit at Stanford University

On Friday, February 13, 2015, President Obama delivered the keynote speech and signed an executive order on cybersecurity information sharing at the White House cybersecurity and privacy summit held at Stanford University. ...more

2/19/2015 - Barack Obama Cybersecurity Cybersecurity Framework Cybersecurity Summit Information Sharing

Obama Administration Announces Creation of Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center

On February 10, 2015, the White House announced that it will create a new agency tasked with facilitating the sharing of cyber threat information among other federal agencies. Lisa Monaco, assistant to the president for...more

2/12/2015 - Barack Obama CTIIC Cybersecurity Popular

Energy & Commerce Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Data Security and Breach Notification; FTC Releases “Internet of Things” Report

Tuesday, the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held its first hearing of the 114th Congress, entitled “What Are the Elements of Sound Data Breach Legislation?”...more

1/28/2015 - Breach Notification Rule Congressional Investigations & Hearings Data Breach Legislative Agendas Legislative Committees Popular

President Calls on Congress to Pass Cybersecurity, Data Breach Bills; Congress Begins Action on the Issue

In his sixth State of the Union Address to Congress, President Obama again called on Congress to strengthen the nation’s cybersecurity laws and enact a federal standard for data security and breach notification. Speaking...more

1/22/2015 - Barack Obama Breach Notification Rule Cybersecurity Data Protection Legislative Agendas Popular

Administration Continues Weeklong Focus on Cyber Security and Privacy

The President is continuing to focus on cybersecurity and privacy issues and proposals in the buildup to his State of the Union address, underscoring the importance of addressing these matters and the increase in bipartisan...more

1/14/2015 - Barack Obama Cybersecurity Legislative Agendas Proposed Legislation Security and Privacy Controls

President Announces New Legislation and Partnerships for Increased Privacy Protections

Today, President Obama announced a series of new bills and voluntary partnerships the White House will launch in order to further protect individual privacy in the wake of several high-profile data breaches at major U.S. and...more

1/13/2015 - Barack Obama Cybersecurity Data Protection Legislative Agendas Privacy Policy Proposed Legislation

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

Congress Steps Up Efforts to Pass Cybersecurity Legislation

Congress has been trying for several years to pass cybersecurity legislation, and the number of bills hitting the hopper has increased steadily over recent months. Nearly half a dozen bills have been introduced since January...more

5/12/2014 - Cybersecurity Legislative Agendas Legislative Process Proposed Legislation Public Comment

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