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22 Million Comments Tell FCC Battle Over Net Neutrality Is Not Over

by Perkins Coie on

Last year, the contentious net neutrality debate appeared to be finally settled when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order.[1] But in May, the FCC launched...more

Alabama Adopts New Law Governing Virtual Currency Transactions

This month a new law governing virtual currency and online transactions went into effect in Alabama. The Alabama Monetary Transmission Act was passed by the legislature in May and replaces the “Sale of Checks Act” which had...more

Germany Publishes English Version of its National GDPR Implementation Act

by Hogan Lovells on

The German Ministry of Interior affairs has published an English translation of the new Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz – BDSG). On 27 April 2017 the German Parliament passed the BDSG in order to make use...more

UK government publishes Statement of Intent on new Data Protection Bill

by Dentons on

On 7 August 2017, the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) published a Statement of Intent outlining proposals for a new UK Data Protection Bill (the Bill). This is the UK's preparation for the General...more

Russia Passes Measures to Restrict the Use of VPNs and Similar Technology

by Dechert LLP on

Russian President Vladimir Putin has recently signed into law certain amendments to Federal Law No.149-FZ on Information, Information Technologies and Protection of Information (the “IT Law”). The measures introduced by Law...more

Four New Risks Under China’s New Cybersecurity Law for Companies With Cross-Border IT Networks

by Kobre & Kim on

Companies operating in China that keep data offshore face great uncertainty under China’s new cybersecurity law, which came into effect June 1. The law imposes cybersecurity and data privacy requirements on two...more

Nevada Implements Law that Requires Notice for Collection of Personal Information

Nevada has become the third state in the Union to adopt a law that requires operators of websites and online services to provide notice to consumers who are Nevada residents of their practices around the collection and...more

Update on FCC Privacy Rules

We previously reported on the FCC’s 2016 Privacy Order, “Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services” impacting Internet service providers’ data privacy practices and obligations and...more

Maryland Amends Data Breach Notification Law

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Maryland General Assembly recently amended the Maryland Personal Information Protection Act to expand the definition of personal information, provide a 45-day timeframe for providing notice of a breach, allow for...more

Nevada Becomes the Third State to Enact Website Privacy Notification Law

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Not everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Starting on October 1, 2017, a new Nevada privacy law will require certain website owners and operators to publish a notice regarding their privacy policies, disclosing to...more

New Nevada Law Requires Notice for Online Collection and Disclosure of Personally Identifiable Information

by WilmerHale on

On June 12, 2017, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed into law SB 538 (“Nevada SB 538”), which requires operators of websites and online services to provide notice to Nevada residents of their practices relating to the...more

Website Operators In or Targeting Nevada, You Have Privacy Policies To Implement by October 1, 2017

by Dickinson Wright on

As of October 1, 2017, Nevada will join California and Delaware to require the operators of certain websites and online services to post a notice on their website informing users about their privacy practices....more

Privacy Hat Trick: Three New State Laws to Juggle

Nevada, Oregon and New Jersey recently passed laws focusing on the collection of consumer information, serving as a reminder for advertisers, retailers, publishers and data collectors to keep up-to-date, accurate and...more

Connecticut Releases Cybersecurity Strategy

On July 10, 2017, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy released Connecticut Cybersecurity Strategy, that outlines seven key principles to assist with strengthening efforts to protect the state’s cybersecurity defenses for...more

Illinois “Geolocation Privacy Protection Act” Passes Both Houses, Headed to Governor’s Desk

by WilmerHale on

On Tuesday, June 27, the Illinois legislature passed HB 3449, the “Geolocation Privacy Protection Act.” If signed by Governor Bruce Rauner (R), the bill would prohibit a “private entity” from collecting, using, storing or...more

Queen Announces New UK Data Protection Bill

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Following the commencement of the Brexit negotiations earlier this week, the Queen announced in her Speech [yesterday] a new law that will “ensure the United Kingdom retains its world-class regime protecting personal...more

New EU e-Privacy Regulation: European Parliament Committee Publishes Draft Report

The EU Parliament Committee in charge of reviewing the EU Commission's Proposal for an e-Privacy Regulation (Proposal) released a Draft Report proposing amendments this week....more

Executive Order on Cybersecurity: Considerations for Business - A fuller picture emerges on how the Trump Administration’s first...

On May 11th, in the wake of a series of wide-ranging cyber breaches and attacks plaguing public and private sectors alike, President Trump signed a long-awaited Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - May 2017

by Burr & Forman on

The House recently passed a bill that would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act to allow certain employees to choose to take paid time off rather than overtime pay when working more than 40 hours in a workweek. Ron Flowers and...more

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

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