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FISMA II: A New Cyber World Framework to Strengthen Agency Information Security

As part of the Obama administration’s legislative efforts to safeguard government agency information, the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 (FISMA II) was recently enacted to fortify and update its 2002...more

New York State Charges Ahead on Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Legislation

On Feb. 26, 2015, in an effort to make “New York State’s computer infrastructure the most secure in the nation,” the New York State Senate passed a suite of four cybersecurity-related bills focused on protecting critical...more

President Obama Issues Executive Order on Cybersecurity Information Sharing

On February 13, 2015, President Barack Obama signed an executive order entitled "Promoting Private Sector Cybersecurity Information Sharing" (the "Executive Order") to foster cybersecurity threat information sharing within...more

Mandatory Arbitration Undercutting Consumer Rights?

New Jersey businesses may face increased litigation if proposed legislation to bar mandatory arbitration clauses in consumer contracts is made law. The proposed bill – recommended for passage by the Assembly Consumer Affairs...more

Update on President Obama’s “Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection,” Part II: The Executive Order

As a follow up to our summary of the key takeaways from the White House’s first Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection, the centerpiece of which was President Obama’s signing of a new Executive Order, “Promoting...more

Government, Businesses Prioritize Cybersecurity Spending

If spending is a good indicator of shifting priorities for both business and government, then cybersecurity is quickly becoming priority number one. Last week, the White House announced a proposed 10 percent increase...more

Client Alert: Congress Discusses Federal Data Breach Laws

Earlier this week, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade held a hearing during which there was a discussion of a Congressional proposal for a federal data breach statute. ...more

President Obama Proposes Legislation to Nationalize Data Breach Notification Standard

2014 was the year of the data breach as several large, high profile breaches occurred, including EBay, Target, and Home Depot, that affected the personal data of millions of Americans.  On January 12, 2015, President Obama...more

House Financial Services Committee Approves Agenda for 114th Congress

On January 21, the Committee on Financial Services, in a voice vote, agreed to a new oversight plan that identifies the areas that the Committee and its subcommittees plan to oversee during the 114th Congress. Notable...more

Data Breach Legislative Debate Begins Today at the House Energy & Commerce Committee

On Tuesday, the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held a hearing entitled "What are the Elements of Sound Data Breach Legislation?" This hearing was the first of the new Congress to...more

House Financial Services Committee approves oversight plan; Committee chair gets new subpoena authority

The House Financial Services Committee voted unanimously today to approve the Committee’s oversight plan for the 114th Congress. The plan provides that the Committee intends to continue its close examination of the...more

President Calls on Congress to Pass Cybersecurity, Data Breach Bills; Congress Begins Action on the Issue

In his sixth State of the Union Address to Congress, President Obama again called on Congress to strengthen the nation’s cybersecurity laws and enact a federal standard for data security and breach notification. Speaking...more

Four Key Voices in Washington’s Housing Finance Reform Debate

The 113th Congress adjourned on Dec. 16, 2014. Among its legislative shortcomings, including the last-minute failure to extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (‘‘TRIA’’), was the inability to produce any meaningful reform to...more

New York Attorney General Proposes Stiffer Data Security and Breach Notification Laws

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has proposed legislation that would make the state’s data security law the strongest in the country and require “unprecedented safeguards” for personal data....more

The President’s Cybersecurity Proposals

In the wake of recent cyber attacks on U.S. companies, including the now famous Sony hack, President Obama has proposed new federal legislation that would presumably provide more security for confidential and private...more

President Announces New Legislation and Partnerships for Increased Privacy Protections

Today, President Obama announced a series of new bills and voluntary partnerships the White House will launch in order to further protect individual privacy in the wake of several high-profile data breaches at major U.S. and...more

Before Adjourning, US Congress Adopts Budget With Dodd-Frank Amendments; Fails To Pass Terrorism Risk Insurance Legislation

Before the 113th Congress adjourned on December 16, Congress adopted the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015, which ensures the federal government operates with budget certainty until September...more

Berkeley's Measure D: What Distributors, Restaurants and Retailers need to know about the Berkeley "Sugar Tax"

According to its backers, the Berkeley “Sugar Tax” is the future of sugar in America. Berkeley’s Measure “D,” which garnered an overwhelming 75% “yes” vote, imposes a general excise tax of $0.01 per ounce on the distribution...more

CPSC Focusing on Three Areas for Reduction of CPSIA Testing Burdens

At their April Senate confirmation hearing, both incoming CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye and Commissioner Joe Mohorovic pledged to Senator John Thune (R-SD) to submit plans for reducing third party testing burdens within 60 days...more

Five Cyber Security Takeaways from the Mid-Term Elections

While not a much-discussed topic during campaign season, federal policy on cyber-security will likely see some material changes as a result of a Republican-controlled Senate. Just how significant those changes will be has yet...more

Pushing for Security, President Signs Executive Order on Chip-and-PIN Tech

Why it matters - In an effort to push retailers to adopt heightened security for credit and debit cards, President Barack Obama signed an executive order mandating chip-and-PIN technology for government cards. ...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends

GMO labeling measure defeated in Colorado; results in Oregon too close to call. Colorado’s Proposition 105, which would have required manufacturers to place labels on food containing genetically modified ingredients, was...more

Data Breaches: Industry Calls for Single, Federal Breach Notification Standard

Yesterday, a coalition of 44 service and retail industry trade associations sent a letter to congressional leadership, urging the House and Senate to adopt a single data breach notification standard at the federal level. The...more

New exemption under ILSA for condo units: relief for developers, key points to note

President Barack Obama has signed into law an amendment to the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act of 1968 (ILSA). The new law, signed by the President on September 30, expands registration exemptions under ILSA...more

Congressman Proposes Federal Non Disparagement Law

Last Friday, I wrote about a new California law that provides that a contract or proposed contract for the sale or lease of consumer goods or services may not include a provision waiving the consumer’s right to make any...more

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