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Capital Thinking: General Legislative

The Senate will convene today, Monday, January 27, at 2:00 pm. After any leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S. 1926, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014. At...more

The White House Is Finalizing An Executive Order On Cybersecurity

With Capitol Hill and the media both focusing on the “fiscal cliff,” the White House has quietly moved one step closer to issuing an executive order (“EO”) on cybersecurity....more

Lame Duck Congress Acts on Privacy Bills, Mostly With an Eye Toward 2013

While continuing congressional inaction on the fiscal cliff is getting most of the ink/pixels in news headlines over the last couple weeks, several privacy bills have advanced in the House and Senate....more

EPIC: Hearing on FTC Nominee Should Address FTC's Settlement Process for Privacy Violations

In a letter to the Senate Commerce Committee, EPIC has recommended that Congress require the Federal Trade Commission to consider more carefully the public's views on proposed privacy settlements. EPIC also recommended that...more

Also Returning to Washington: The Threat of a Cybersecurity Executive Order

Cybersecurity may seem like a bipartisan issue, but partisan rancor in an election year doomed early efforts to pass cybersecurity legislation. ...more

Cyber-Security Issues Receiving Ever-Increasing Attention, Including From Congress and Governmental Agencies

On the heels of a recent survey that found that cyber-security is becoming the primary concern of corporate general counsels and directors, see C. Dunn, Cybersecurity Becoming No. 1 Concern for GCs and Directors, Corporate...more

Chairman Rockefeller Requests Cybersecurity Input From Fortune 500 Companies

On September 19, Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV (D-WV), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, sent a letter to the CEOs of all Fortune 500 companies seeking their input on the...more

New York State Passes Bill That Applies Its Telemarketing Laws to Out-Of-State Telemarketers and Adds New Requirements for...

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law an amendment to Article 26 of New York's General Business Law which will limit the ability of out-of-state telemarketers to target New Yorkers at home. The new law prohibits...more

The Download - August 2012

In this issue: Heard on the Hill - Senate Commerce Ponders Self-Regulation - Senate Examines Facial Recognition Technology - Congress and the States Consider Legislation on Employer Access to Social Media...more

Cybersecurity Act of 2012 Fails in Senate — ” A moment of disappointment…”

CNN reports that the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (SB 3414) has failed to pass the US Senate. A cloture vote failed by a vote of 42-46, mostly along party lines....more

EPIC Asks Congress to Adopt Privacy Safeguards for Drones

Today's House Homeland Security Oversight Subcommittee hearing, "Using Unmanned Aerial Systems Within the Homeland: Security Game Changer?” examined federal use of drones in the United States. University of Texas Professor...more

Keeping an eye on Canada’s tough anti-spam law

North American marketers take note: Canada is set to finalize one of the toughest anti-spam laws in the world. Canada had fallen behind when it came to introducing anti-spam legislation, but it is now making up for lost...more

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet - July 2012: When cyber-threat protection and privacy concerns collide By Ryan Lobato

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (“CISPA”) is a pending legislative proposal aimed at protecting against cyber-threats and cyber-attacks. CISPA follows the much publicized and now effectively defunct...more

End Debt Collector Abuse Act of 2012

Full text copy of the End Debt Collector Abuse Act of 2012, introduced by Senator Al Franken in the U.S. Senate on June 27, 2012. From Senator Franken's statement: “Abusive debt collection practices have been detailed...more

End Debt Collector Abuse Act of 2012

From Senator Al Franken's statement: “Abusive debt collection practices have been detailed extensively in reports by the Federal Trade Commission, GAO, and the Minnesota Attorney General, and in recent news articles. Too...more

Revisions to Connecticut Data Breach Notification Law Pass in Budget Bill

We have been following proposed legislation to modify the Connecticut data breach notification law as it worked its way (unsuccessfully) through the 2012 General Session of the legislature. To our surprise, it has,...more

New Data Breach Reporting Requirement to Connecticut Attorney General Passed as Part of Connecticut Legislature’s Budget Bill

For those of us who were watching this proposed legislation unsuccessfully move its way through the 2012 General Session, we see now that it was passed as part of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Special Session by...more

EPIC to Congress: "Strengthen FISA Oversight"

EPIC Executive Director Marc Rotenberg will testify before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the FISA Amendments Act of 2008. The Act authorizes Government surveillance of international communications, including the private...more

Lead Director Networks: Viewpoints - May 2012

Introduction On April 3, 2012, the Lead Director Network (LDN) gathered in Washington, DC, for its 12th meeting. Members examined the role of the board and lead director in overseeing strategic risks. This issue of...more

Calif. Assembly OKs Bill To Shield Workers’ Facebook Logins

Originally published in Law360, San Diego (May 10, 2012, 5:00 PM ET) A landmark bill that aims to protect California employees and prospective workers from being asked by a company to turn over their usernames and...more

California Legislation Aims to Protect Personal Social Media Account Access by Employers

In effort to protect employees and prospective employees, the California Legislature is taking steps to prevent an employer’s ability to gain access to their employees’ or prospective employees’ social media accounts. ...more

EPIC to Congress: Privacy Act Modernization Bill Should be Stronger

In response to a request from Senator Daniel Akaka(D-HI), EPIC sent a letter explaining that S.1732, the Privacy Act Modernization for the Information Age Act of 2011, should be strengthened to ensure better privacy...more

Legislative Update – Cybersecurity

As the 112th Congress gets underway, many continue to feel that partisan gridlock will block movement on significant legislation, leaving congressional activity to legislation that doesn’t require a heavy lift....more

December 16, 2011 - The Federal Crimes Watch Daily

The Federal Crimes Watch Daily is a daily newspaper that discusses current federal criminal issues written by a federal criminal defense attorney....more

Developments in Data Privacy Legislation

On September 15, 2011, the Obama administration renewed its calls for comprehensive data privacy legislation which would establish basic online data protection guidelines. These policy statements were made during a hearing...more

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