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Judicial Redress Act passes the House with the Senate Amendments

The amended Judicial Redress Act has passed the House and is on its way to the president to be signed into law. The Act, which we covered in an earlier blog post, gives citizens of foreign countries the same rights as US...more

President Obama establishes commission on enhancing national cybersecurity

Earlier this week, President Obama, by Executive Order, established the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity within the Department of Commerce. The commission will be comprised of up to 12 members including...more

Amended version of Judicial Redress Act passes the Senate; now goes back to the House

The US Senate passed the amended version of the Judicial Redress Act on February 9. The amendments, which tie the Umbrella Agreement to Safe Harbor 2.0 (now dubbed the US-EU “Privacy Shield”), now go back to the House for...more

The President’s FY 2017 Budget Contains Substantial Funding for Cybersecurity

The president’s FY 2017 budget, released today, includes cybersecurity as a national priority. The budget would invest $19 billion in overall federal resources for cybersecurity that are intended to support a broad-based...more

Obama Announces Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

Yesterday, President Obama issued an Executive Order creating a Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity within the Department of Commerce. The commission “will make detailed recommendations to strengthen cybersecurity...more

What’s In The Cybersecurity Act of 2015?

The Cybersecurity Act of 2015 became law on December 18, 2015. It’s the biggest piece of cybersecurity legislation passed by Congress in recent years. It authorizes and protects certain information-sharing for cybersecurity...more

The WSGR Data Advisor - February 2016

With a new year come exciting new developments in the world of privacy and data protection. We are thrilled to announce the launch of the digital version of The WSGR Data Advisor. Please visit our site for the latest news and...more

U.S. Regulators Disagree On Government Access To Encrypted Information

On January 25, 2016, at the State of the Net Internet Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell from the Department of Justice and Commissioner Terrell McSweeny from the Federal Trade...more

A Glimmer of Light at the End of the Tunnel: EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework Announced

On October 6, 2015, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) invalidated the Safe Harbor framework between the United States and the European Union, putting at risk the legality of trans-Atlantic data transfers. Businesses and...more

The New E.U.-U.S. Privacy Shield: What You Need To Know

The European Union (E.U.) College of Commissioners has approved an agreement between the E.U. and the United States regarding the transatlantic data flow of E.U. citizens' personal information. Referred to as the E.U.-U.S....more

Judicial Redress Act Would Extend Privacy Act Remedies to Citizens of Designated Foreign Nations

The pending legislation would authorize the US Department of Justice to designate foreign countries to allow the citizens of such countries to bring civil actions against certain US agencies to access, amend, or redress...more

EU and US Announce New Privacy Shield for International Data Transfers

On Tuesday 2 February 2016, the EU Commission and US Department of Commence announced that they had reached "political agreement" on a new privacy framework for transfers of personal data between Europe and the United States....more

Enforcement Action Possible Against Those Who Rely on Safe Harbor to Transfer Information from the EU to the United States

Wednesday, February 3, brought additional developments pertaining to the transfer of personal data from the EU to the U.S. consistent with EU privacy law. Just one day prior, we reported on the announcement by the EU and U.S....more

Agreement Reached on EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, Replacing Former Safe Harbor

On February 2, 2016, the European Commission, the executive body of the European Union (“EU”), and the United States announced an agreement on a new alternative, called the “Privacy Shield,” to replace the former “Safe...more

New Safe Harbor Still Hangs in the Balance

The European Union Court of Justice’s invalidation of the EU-USA Safe Harbor for data transfers between the two continents remains subject to question at the end of this week after the European Commission blew its January 31...more

EU-US agreement reached on replacement to EU-US Safe Harbor; new program to be called "EU-US Privacy Shield" : The Privacy Shield...

EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourová and her colleague Andius Ansip gave a press conference this afternoon (local time) announcing that the long-running negotiations between the EU and US to find a replacement to the...more

EU Data Protection Authorities Issue Statement Following Agreement on EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

On February 3, 2016, the body of European data protection regulators—called the "Article 29 Working Party" (WP29)—issued a statement following the announcement of a political agreement regarding a new transatlantic data...more

Replacing Safe Harbor: EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Announced

After January 31, 2016, the deadline imposed by WP29 expired. Pessimism was expressed regarding the ability of the EU and U.S. to reach a deal that addresses the requirements set out by the Court of Justice of the European...more

The Cybersecurity Act of 2015: Implications for Threat Sharing

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 (The “Act”), legislation designed to combat online threats to the federal government, state and local governments, and private entities. Within the...more

EU and U.S. Reach a Political Agreement on Transatlantic Data Transfer Deal

On February 2, 2016, the European Commission (EU Commission) announced that a political agreement on a new legal framework for data transfers has been reached between the European Union (EU) and the U.S.1 Today's agreement...more

New ‘EU-US Privacy Shield’ to replace Safe Harbour

On February 2, 2016, in a meeting conducted in Brussels, the European Commission and the United States agreed on a new framework for transatlantic data flows. With all the negative connotations surrounding it, the name “Safe...more

Revised Safe Harbor Agreed: Introducing the New “EU-U.S. Privacy Shield”

European Commission and U.S. officials today announced reaching a “political agreement” on a new Safe Harbor framework. The new framework will be called the “EU-U.S. Privacy Shield.” ...more

Class action suit dismissed against Georgia Secretary of State for data breach

We previously reported that the Georgia Secretary of State’s office experienced a massive data breach in October, and didn’t find out about it until November. The breach affected approximately 6 million Georgian voters, and...more

New EU US Privacy Shield Announced as a Replacement for the EU US Safe Harbor Program

February 2nd the European Commission and the Department of Commerce announced that they have reached an agreement on a new framework to replace the EU US Safe Harbor Program. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) found the...more

Negotiators Reach Agreement on Replacement EU-U.S. Safe Harbor

After nearly four months of diplomatic discussions, negotiators reached agreement on February 2, on how the U.S. and the European Union share data across the Atlantic. The new agreement, called the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield,...more

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