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Target Becomes a Target: Proposed California Bill Aims to Make Retailers Liable for Data Breach Incidents

Following a string of high-profile data breaches and new data suggesting that approximately 21.3 million customer accounts have been exposed by data breach incidents over the past two years, the California legislature has...more

NIST Issues Cybersecurity Framework

On February 12, 2014, the Obama administration released the "Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity" (the "Framework"), a voluntary cybersecurity framework developed by the National Institute of...more

Congress Steps Up its Scrutiny of Data Brokers

In keeping with Congress’s heightened focus on privacy practices in the data broker industry, Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced a bill that would require increased transparency and...more

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

Capital Thinking: Cybersecurity

Data Breach - This week, several Congressional Committees will hold a number of hearings focused on the recent data breaches at Target, Neiman Marcus and other large companies that compromised the financial information...more

High Profile Security Breaches Spur Congressional Action

Recently, several large retailers, including Target and Neiman Marcus, announced that hackers had compromised credit card and other personal consumer data. At Target, 40 million debt and credit cards were impacted and the...more

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

Cybersecurity Update: Are Data Breach Disclosure Requirements on Target?

As discussed in Akin Gump’s annual “Top Ten Topics for Directors in 2014,” cybersecurity and data privacy are indeed among the hottest topics in the boardroom this year due to the dramatic rise in cyber attacks and data...more

Prospects on Germany's Digital Landscape in the Next Four Years: What Does the Coalition Agreement Say on Technology?

Following the German federal election on September 22, 2013, the Christian Democratic Party, the Christian Social Union and the Social Democratic Party decided to take up coalition talks for the formation of a new government...more

Senate Commerce Committee Continues Data Broker Inquiries

Recently, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) continued his committee’s examination of the way data brokers collect and share personal information. The Senator sent a letter to one data broker seeking...more

NIST Releases Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework

On October 22, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released its Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework pursuant to President Obama’s Executive Order 13636 title Improving Critical Infrastructure...more

NIST Opens 45-Day Comment Period on Cybersecurity Framework

We have published prior advisories concerning the development by the National Institute of Standards and Technology of a cybersecurity “Framework” intended to be adopted by owners of critical infrastructure to enhance the...more

NIST Releases Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework

On October 22, 2013, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released the preliminary Cybersecurity Framework (PCF) in accordance with section 7(e) of President Obama’s February Executive Order (EO) on...more

Sponsors Drop California Ballot Initiative Intended to Transform Privacy Class Actions

Recent reports have circulated regarding a California ballot initiative that, if successful, might have marked the second time California would have caused a national shift in privacy law. Just 10 years ago, California...more

California Set to Enact New “Do Not Track” Disclosure Requirement Law for Websites

On October 3, 2013 provided that California Governor Jerry Brown does not veto an internet privacy bill in California (which he is not expected to do), a new law will be enacted that has significant repercussions for nearly...more

Will California Voters Move US to Opt-In?

The California ballot measure process permits any California voter to propose a ballot initiative to the state’s Attorney General which, if enough signatures are gathered, will then appear on state-wide ballot for approval at...more

Attack of the Killer Initiative?: Opt-in Privacy Regime on Deck for a California Ballot Initiative

On July 17th, former California State Senator Steve Peace (director of the film, “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes”) and trial lawyer Michael Thorsnes filed a potentially revolutionary draft ballot initiative with the California...more

Federal Data Breach Legislation Introduced, But Will It Go Anywhere?

Last week Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA), along with one Independent and six other Republican Senators, introduced the “Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2013.”...more

EU Data Protection Regulation: and the horizon recedes again . . .

(LONDON) We recently wrote that a crucial committee vote on the new EU Data Protection Regulation had been pushed back until May 29-30. The vote has been delayed again until an unspecified future date, although Jan Phillip...more

Legal Alert: Senate Finance Committee Hears Testimony on Proposal to Limit Access to Death Master File

On April 16, 2013, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on “Tax Fraud and Tax ID Theft: Moving Forward With Solutions,” including testimony on proposals to restrict access to the Social Security Administration’s Death...more

Executive Order: A Start Toward Tackling Cyber Security Problems

President Obama’s February 12 State of the Union address included the announcement of an executive order intended to permit greater sharing of information about possible threats to the nation’s cyber security among private...more

Also Returning to Washington: The Threat of a Cybersecurity Executive Order

Cybersecurity may seem like a bipartisan issue, but partisan rancor in an election year doomed early efforts to pass cybersecurity legislation. ...more

Chairman Rockefeller Requests Cybersecurity Input From Fortune 500 Companies

On September 19, Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV (D-WV), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, sent a letter to the CEOs of all Fortune 500 companies seeking their input on the...more

Senate Republicans Introduce a New Data Privacy Bill: Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2012

On June 22, 2012, Senator Pat Toomey introduced the Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2012 (the "Act") on behalf of himself and Republican Senators Olympia Snowe (Me.), Jim DeMint (S.C.), Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Dean...more

Legislative Update: Minimum Wage Hike, Personnel Files Act and Unemployment Discrimination Bills Fail

The General Assembly finished its business for 2012 last night and although there was a last minute flurry of legislation, several bills that had been tracked by many employers came up short. •Senate Bill 79, which...more

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