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Wyoming amends data breach notification law

Continuing to add to the confusion surrounding provisions in 47 different state breach notification laws, Wyoming amended two laws last month which expand the definition of personal information requiring notification in the...more

Rogue Agency or Champion of Consumers? House Votes for CFPB Transparency

A common complaint against the CFPB is that the agency wields too much power without enough accountability. House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling recently described the CFPB as “single most powerful and...more

House passes regulatory reform bills

Earlier this week, the House of Representatives, in bi-partisan votes, passed the following regulatory reform bills: The “Eliminate Privacy Notice Confusion Act, H.R. 601, would create an exemption from the Gramm-Leach-Bliley...more

Congress Turns to Cyber and Data Breach Legislation

After five years of trying and failing, over the next several weeks Congress may finally make meaningful progress on cybersecurity and data breach legislation. This week the House Energy & Commerce Committee and the House...more

Senate Banking Committee to hold April 16 hearing on mortgage credit availability

On April 16, 2015, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs will conduct a hearing entitled, “Regulatory Burdens to Obtaining Mortgage Credit.” The witnesses scheduled to appear are...more

House Republicans ask CFPB and banking agencies to disclaim “Operation Choke Point”

Six Republican members of the House Financial Services Committee, including Chairman Jeb Hensarling, have sent identical letters to the CFPB, OCC, Fed and NCUA asking each agency to “publicly disclaim [its] past, present, and...more

Congressional Payments Technology Caucus Formed

Innovation in the payments industry continues to accelerate as both established and emerging companies invest significant resources in the development of new payment systems and technologies. Recognizing the challenge that...more

White House Re-Introduces Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act

On February 27, 2015, President Obama unveiled the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2015, a draft bill intended to govern the collection and dissemination of consumer data. The Privacy Bill of Rights is a revival of...more

National Data Breach Legislation Advances in House Subcommittee

As the number of high profile data breaches increase, there is mounting pressure on Congress to create a more unified regulatory standard governing company actions in response to a data breach. ...more

Financial and Merchant Industries Group and Obama Administration to Address Privacy Concerns

On behalf of its 19 participating trade association members from the merchant and financial services industries, the Merchant Financial Cyber Partnership (MFCP) announced "8 Next Steps" to protect customers and their...more

First Steps Taken to Establish Federal Law Requiring Companies to Secure Consumer Data; Will Congress Pass Something This Year?

The U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee took the first steps recently to establish a federal law that would cover actions that companies need to take to secure consumer data. ...more

Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2015 Making its Way through Congress

On March 25, 2015, a Congressional Subcommittee approved a draft of the “Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2015,” a statute intended to create a national standard for data security and reporting data breaches. ...more

Obama Administration Recognizes Cyber Threats to U.S. Critical Infrastructure as a National Emergency

Many cybersecurity experts have warned that the United States is already engaged in covert cyber warfare against hostile actors around the world. The latest cybersecurity Executive Order reflects formal recognition that,...more

President Obama Issues New Executive Order Authorizing Sanctions Against Cyber Attackers

President Obama issued an Executive Order (the “Order”) on April 1, 2015 that authorizes financial sanctions against certain “persons” (including both individuals and entities) designated by the Treasury Secretary to be...more

Privacy Bills Abound in Congress

Why it matters - From the President to Senators to Representatives, everyone in Washington, D.C. appears to be focused on privacy-related issues. Continuing his focus on cybersecurity, President Barack Obama signed an...more

U.S. Authorizes Targeted Sanctions Against Overseas Cyber Threats

Cyber threats are one of the U.S.’s top security threats. In just the past year, there has been a significant increase in the frequency, scale and sophistication of cyber intrusions and attacks – many of them originating...more

Telemarketing Tips: What We Can Learn From Caribbean Cruise Lines’ Excursion With The FTC

The FTC’s “Do Not Call” and “robocall” rules do not apply to political survey calls. So, if Hillary Clinton sought to “voice blast” a survey about international issues, she could do so without violating the Telemarketing...more

Cyber Sanctions and National Security

In response to the growing cyber security threats from outside of the United States, the U.S. Government has added an entire new category of sanctioned individuals and organizations to its list of Specially Designated...more

U.S. House Committee on Agriculture - Mandatory Biotechnology Labeling Laws

Purpose - The purpose of this hearing was to examine the costs and impacts of mandatory biotechnology labeling laws. Members Present - Chairman Conaway, Ranking Member Peterson, and Representatives Davis (IL),...more

Congress Makes Progress On Legislation To Encourage Cyber Threat Information Sharing

In the past few weeks, Congress has made notable progress towards passage of legislation to address the sharing of cybersecurity threat information. On March 18, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence approved the...more

California Senator Introduces Bill To Protect Privacy Of Mobile Device Users' GPS Data

A bill introduced in the California Senate by Senator Mark Leno is designed to help consumers make more informed decisions about their privacy when installing new smartphone or tablet apps that track their location using GPS....more

Data privacy, security and breach notification bill passes through House subcommittee

A closely watched bipartisan national data privacy, security, and breach notification bill cleared a House subcommittee yesterday, sending it to the full House Energy and Commerce Committee for review. There have been many...more

Budget amendment introduced to change CFPB appropriations

Another Republican CFPB effort to subject the CFPB to the congressional appropriations policy took the form of an amendment to the Senate’s 2015 Budget Resolution introduced last week by Senator David Perdue. Earlier in...more

Cyber Law Tracker: Protecting Cyber Networks Act Introduced by House Intelligence Committee

On March 24, 2015, members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, including Connecticut Congressman Jim Himes, the Ranking Member of the Cybersecurity Subcommittee, issued statements commenting on the...more

TSCA Reform: Detailed Analysis of the Alan Reinstein and Trevor Schaefer Toxic Chemical Protection Act

As noted in our recent memorandum on the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S. 697, Lautenberg), Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Ed Markey (D-MA) recently introduced the Alan Reinstein and Trevor...more

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