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California Legislature Takes Another Pass at Regulating Drone Operators

As part of our continuing California drone law coverage, today we report on the latest attempt by the California legislature to regulate unmanned aerial vehicles. Introduced yesterday by California State Senator Hannah Beth...more

Two New Laws Give DHS Increased Cybersecurity Authority

Two recently enacted laws give the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) increased authority and ability to contain cybersecurity threats and breaches. Congress passed both the Federal Information Security Modernization Act...more

President Obama Signs Several Bills Aimed at Cybersecurity

On December 18, 2014, President Barack Obama signed several significant cybersecurity bills into law. These bills include the Federal Information Security Modernization Act, the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act, the...more

Congress Confirms NIST’s Role in Cybersecurity – and the Continuation of the Cybersecurity Framework

The Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014 (CEA) was passed by the House and the Senate on December 11th, and signed by the President on the 18th. The bill formalizes the role of the National Institute for Standards and...more

Congress Passes the National Cybersecurity Protection Act: Codifies National Cybersecurity Center & Creates Federal Agency Data...

The National Cybersecurity Protection Act of 2014 (NCPA) was passed by the House on December 8th, by the Senate on December 10th, and signed by the President on December 18th. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and...more

Cybersecurity Legislation Focuses on Federal Government Initiatives – Leaves Private Sector Reforms for 2015

One of the few things the parties in Congress can agree upon these days is cybersecurity – at least when it comes to directing the federal government’s cyber activities. In its final days, the 113th Congress reached agreement...more

Congress Passes The Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014: Bringing Federal Agency Information Security into the...

The Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 (FISMA) was passed by the Senate on December 8th, by the House on December 10th, and by the President on December 18th. It is a comprehensive bill intended to bring...more

2014 Intelligence Authorization Act Imposes Cyber Breach Reporting Requirement on Intelligence Community Contractors - Many...

The federal government must publish new procedures 90 days after the 2014 Intelligence Authorization Act is signed. These procedures will become effective upon publication. Intelligence community contractors will be...more

Update on Recent FOIA and OMA Illinois Supreme Court and Attorney General Opinions

- The Illinois Supreme Court rules state's attorneys are subject to the Freedom of Information Act. - The Illinois attorney general rules that: (i) the Open Meetings Act requires public bodies to recite the key terms of...more

Europe: National data protection authorities should be independent

Following a series of previous judgments, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) confirmed in the case of the Commission v Hungary (case C-288/12) the independence of national data protection authorities in the...more

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

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

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