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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

Real OFAC Policy Changes Toward Iran—OFAC will consider non Ag/Med exports

As a new round of nuclear talks involving American, European, and Iranian leaders commence this week in Vienna it appears that the first-step deal agreed upon in January has already led to significant changes in OFAC’ s...more

Stopping Bad Legislation -- The Innovation Alliance Speaks Out

On the day before the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to take up S. 1720 (The Patent Transparency and Improvements Act), the Innovation Alliance delivered a letter to Chairman Leahy and Ranking Member Grassley...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

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

Insurance Coverage for Cyber Attacks

Thefts of trade secrets through cyber espionage and cyber harassment through distributed denial of service attacks have been business hazards for years. Cyber security insurance policies to guard against these threats have...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

Reaction to the Passage of the Innovation Act (H.R. 3309)

As we reported last week, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3309, the Innovation Act, by on overwhelming margin. A copy of the final bill can be found here. The next step is consideration by the U.S. Senate, where on...more

Information Technology & Industry Council and King & Spalding Co-Host Thought Leadership Event on Patent Litigation Reform and...

On November 14, 2013, the Information Technology Industry Council (ITIC) and King & Spalding co-hosted a thought leadership event focused on abusive patent litigation and its effect on U.S. innovation. The Capitol Hill event...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

Grassley Turns His 340B Microscope on Manufacturers

For the first time, Senator Grassley has turned his scrutiny of the 340B Drug Pricing Program to pharmaceutical manufacturers. As we previously wrote, Senator Grassley has been among the most vocal of critics in...more

Massachusetts "Tech Tax" Repealed

On September 27, 2013, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed legislation to retroactively repeal the recent extension of the 6.25 percent Massachusetts sales and use tax to certain types of computer system design and...more

Obamacare Small Business Exchange Delayed

Mounting technical delays are complicating the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. The website Politico is reporting that the Obama Administration intends to delay a portion of Obamacare aimed at...more

Massachusetts Delays Reporting for Software Services Tax; Repeal Imminent?

With the drumbeat for repeal of the new software services tax growing louder, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue today pushed back the date for reporting and remitting sales and use tax collected or accrued on sales...more

Massachusetts Lawmakers Plan to Repeal the New “Tech Tax” on Computer System Design and Software Modification Services

On September 12, 2013, Massachusetts legislators announced their intention to repeal (with retroactive effect) the recent expansion of the 6.25 percent Massachusetts sales and use tax to certain types of previously untaxed...more

Repeal of Massachusetts “Tech Tax” May Be Imminent

The repeal of the so-called “tech tax” on certain computer system design and software services may be imminent. Key indicators include wavering support of the “tech tax” among rank-and-file state senators and representatives...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

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