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FCC Launches Proceeding to Rollback Net Neutrality

by Perkins Coie on

New developments: Since we published our update below, the FCC has adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to begin the process of rolling back the rules and regulatory framework for net neutrality...more

White House Issues New Cybersecurity Executive Order

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

President Trump recently signed the Presidential Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure. The Order sets forth the Trump Administration's policy for cybersecurity of...more

White House Signs New Cybersecurity Executive Order

by Dentons on

On May 11, 2017, President Donald Trump signed a new Executive Order on cybersecurity entitled Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure. The new order is split up into three sections,...more

House Republicans Urge FCC To Protect Online Privacy

by King & Spalding on

In a letter to Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or the “Agency”) Chairman Ajit Pai, 50 Republicans in the House of Representatives urged the FCC to rectify the 2015 Open Internet Order’s reclassification of broadband...more

UK Parliament Passes New Digital Economy Act

by Hogan Lovells on

The Digital Economy Bill passed into UK law last Thursday 27 April 2017 amidst the flurry of activity known as the “wash up” period before the dissolution of Parliament and ahead of the early general election in the UK to be...more

German Parliament Passes New Federal Data Protection Act

by Hogan Lovells on

On 27 April 2017 the German Parliament passed an entirely new Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz – BDSG). The new BDSG replaces the old BDSG, which has been in force for the last 40 years. The new BDSG shall...more

New Mexico Enacts Data Breach Notification Law

Governor Susana Martinez recently signed into law the New Mexico “Data Breach Notification Act” (the Act), making New Mexico the 48th state (plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia) to adopt legislation mandating the...more

Trump Signs Repeal of FCC’s Internet Privacy Rule

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

On April 4, 2017, President Trump signed legislation repealing the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) privacy protections adopted in October 2016. The regulations, set to go into effect later this year, would have...more

New Mexico Becomes 48th State To Enact Data Breach Notification Law

by Dentons on

On April 6, 2017, New Mexico became the 48th state to enact a data breach notification law, leaving Alabama and South Dakota as the only two states without such a law. The New Mexico law goes into effect June 16, 2017....more

Virtual Private Network (VPN) Providers: How Private Are They?

By Executive Order, the Trump Administration recently reversed an Obama Administration order aimed at protecting consumer’s personal information from use by their Internet Service Provider (ISP). ISPrior to the Trump’s EO,...more

Tennessee Adds New Encryption And Timing Requirements To Its Data Breach Notification Law

by Dentons on

On April 4, 2017, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed into law an amendment to the state’s data breach notification law, making two substantive changes to the statute...more

Security Breach Notification Becomes More Complex For Employers

by Littler on

With new and sophisticated schemes perpetrated by hackers and scammers, and sensitive personal information becoming increasingly accessible to numerous insiders, it is only a matter of time before most employers will be...more

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update Volume 8, Issue 2

Welcome to the newest edition of Socially Aware, our Burton Awardwinning guide to the law and business of social media. In this edition, we explore the threat to U.S. jobs posed by rapid advances in emerging technologies;...more

Arizona Passes Groundbreaking Blockchain and Smart Contract Law – State Blockchain Laws on the Rise

The blockchain or “distributed ledger network” was originally conceived as the peer-to-peer technology platform that allows for the transfer of Bitcoin without the need for a trusted intermediary. However, the blockchain...more

Trump Privacy Rollback Continues, States Step Up

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On April 3, 2017, President Trump signed a repeal of new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules that would have subjected broadband internet service providers (ISPs) to more stringent consumer privacy regulations....more

Congress Sends Repeal Of Obama-Era Privacy Rules To The White House

by King & Spalding on

Congress has sent repeal legislation (S.J.Res. 34) to the White House to undo the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) broadband privacy rules adopted in October 2016 that would have required cable and wireless companies...more

What’s the State of the Tech Industry? Trump Admin’s Repeal Means Broadband Net Providers and Tech Companies Now Face Consumer...

by Butler Snow LLP on

A recent repeal of federal consumer privacy rules has opened the door to potential sharing and use of sensitive, consumer data with only individual state privacy laws standing in the way....more

Broadband Internet Service Providers no Longer Subject to FCC Privacy Rules Preventing them from Selling Private Consumer...

by Nossaman LLP on

Both the House (215-205) and Senate (50-48) have voted to revoke the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) broadband privacy rules which would have forced broadband Internet Service Providers (ISPs), such as Verizon,...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - April 2017

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: an effort by Twitter to enjoin U.S. Government demands for...more

FCC Broadband Privacy Regulations Rescinded; States Consider Adopting Measures

As was expected, President Trump signed into law the rescinding of the broadband privacy regulations adopted in 2016 by the Obama administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC)....more

March 2017 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses DOT’s tentative award of Mexico City slots, DHS/TSA’s prohibitions on the in-cabin carriage of certain personal electronic devices on nonstop flights to...more

Congress Invalidates New FCC Privacy and Data Security Rules

by Morgan Lewis on

Following actions by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to suspend the effective date of the FCC’s data security rules, the US Congress—pursuant to the Congressional Review Act—passed a resolution to block the...more

Monthly TCPA Digest - March 2017

by Mintz Levin on

Part I – TCPA: Regulatory - Commission Releases and Actions - The FCC adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) and Notice of Inquiry (“NOI”) that proposes to make it permissible for voice service providers...more

What’s New in Washington: 10 Things You Need to Know

As the Trump presidency completes its first 10 weeks, the administration is celebrating big wins on the regulatory reform front while nursing some wounds from a major defeat on efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable...more

"Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - March 2017"

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we discuss the Congressional vote to repeal the FCC Privacy Rule, new cybersecurity developments from the Trump administration and the FTC's new guidance to companies on...more

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