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The Obama Administration is taking new steps aimed at improving the security of consumer financial transactions. Specifically recognizing that identity crimes, including credit card fraud, are a risk to U.S. economic...more
On Friday, October 17, Obama signed his second major cyber-related executive order in the past two years. This most recent EO, entitled "Improving the Security of Consumer Financial Transactions," focuses squarely on the...more
If you had not noticed, the fall election campaign season is in full swing. The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau certainly has noticed, and reacted by releasing an unusual “Enforcement Advisory” this week, reminding campaigns and...more
On September 29, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown, signed a bill into law that mandates the protection of the personal data of school children that use online educational programs. The Student Online Personal Information...more
On October 17, 2014, President Obama directed the federal government to take steps to improve the security of financial transactions in the United States. As part of the “BuySecure” Initiative, the President pledged a...more
Last Friday, in the wake of numerous data breaches, President Obama signed a new Executive Order that will change how federal agencies use payment cards and allow access to certain government portals. Those changes include...more
The very tool (cell phones) that has allowed millions of previously disconnected people to coordinate large civil protests in numerous countries is now being used to quash dissent in Hong Kong. If recent reports are proven...more
Amid controversy over the bill and its potential consequences, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed AB 1327 this Sunday. The bill would have required law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant before using a drone to gather criminal...more
On 18 September 2014, the European Union’s Article 29 Data Protection Working Party published a press release outlining its recent plenary session discussions on the so-called “right to be forgotten” or “de-listed.”...more
On September 19, 2014, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers followed up on comments he and Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Saxby Chambliss made last week concerning the prospects for cybersecurity...more
Unmanned aircraft systems - or drones, as they are commonly referred to - have become a hot topic from celebrities to farmers. Recently, AB-1327, a bill, focused on prohibiting certain actions relating to unmanned aircraft...more
On September 3, 2014, following the news of a possible breach at Home Depot (which was confirmed on September 8), the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) called on Congress to enact new legislation to hold...more
With the recent theft and release of several celebrities’ private photographs (many of which appear to have been taken with, and stored on, mobile devices), mobile privacy and the protection of sensitive data stored or...more
In what has become almost an annual ritual, California is poised to tweak its security breach notice law. Last year, in language DLA Piper lawyers helped to draft on behalf of the State Privacy & Security Coalition, the...more
This week California enacted into law Senate Bill 962, which requires a “kill switch” on all smartphones that would render the device inoperable. The law applies to all smartphones manufactured after July 1, 2015 and sold in...more
On August 19, 2014, the German Federal Ministry of the Interior ("GMI") proposed a new bill to increase the security of IT systems (the "Draft Bill"). As contemplated in the White & Case Technology Newsflash of December...more
The First District Court of Appeal determined that City of San Francisco (“City”) resident Allen Grossman (“Grossman”) was not entitled to documents related to the development of certain San Francisco Ethics Commission...more
On July 30, 2014, Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., made good on his earlier promise to beef up the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) to provide heightened protections for student educational records...more
On Saturday, August 2, the North Carolina General Assembly gave final approval to the Appropriations Act of 2014. The 260-page budget bill—which is now on the Governor’s desk—contains several pages governing the use and...more
The Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8th voted 12-3 to approve a cybersecurity bill authored by Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Vice Chairman Saxby Chambliss (R-GA). S. 2588, the...more
On July 28, 2014, the House of Representatives passed three bills aimed at enhancing the cybersecurity efforts of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in certain critical infrastructure sectors, including the energy...more
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House Cybersecurity Legislation -
This week, the House will consider four pieces of cybersecurity legislation on the floor including the National Cybersecurity and Critical...more
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Online Skills Academy -
Last week, the Department of Education announced its collaboration with the Department of Labor to develop a $25 million grant competition for an Online Skills...more
The U.S. House of Representatives took a major positive step towards increasing the nation’s cyber security posture today when, on a voice vote, it passed H.R. 3696, the “National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure...more
The last Tuesday in July — the summer of 2014 is rapidly slipping away! Here are some privacy and security bits and bytes for this last week of July...more
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