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German Parliament's IT-Security Act Covers Critical Infrastructure

On June 12, 2015, the German Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag) passed an Act to Improve the Security of Information Technology Systems ("IT-Security Act"). The new legislation requires operators of so-called critical...more

As Drones Hit the Sky, Lawsuits Predicted to Fly

The rise of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (“UAV”), also known as drones, is well-documented. In fact, the global market for non-military drones has recently been estimated as a $2.5 billion industry that is growing at...more

FAA Proposes Framework of Regulations For Small-Scale Commercial Drones

On Feb. 15 the Federal Aviation Administration released its long-awaited proposed framework for regulating small-scale commercial drones, which weigh less than 55 pounds.1 In its proposal, the FAA made explicitly clear that...more

Federal Order Addresses California Restrictions on When Wireless Providers Can Produce Documents Responsive to Subpoenas

A recent order from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois affirms that California Public Utilities Code § 2891 applies to wireless telecommunications providers. The argument in that case focused on the...more

Protection of Confidential Commercial Information Affirmed in Freedom of Information Decision

On February 19, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) denied leave to appeal from the judgment of the Alberta Court of Appeal (Court) in Imperial Oil Limited v. Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner). ...more

Water District Case Clarifies California Public Records Act Exemption for Utility Customers

“Customer” Includes a Business or Corporation, Judge Rules - The Public Records Act exempts from required disclosure the identities of commercial, as well as individual, utility customers, according to a recent...more

California DOJ Surprises More Than 100 Retailers with Transparency in Supply Chains Act Notification

This week, the California Attorney General’s Department of Justice sent letters to a large number of retailers, notifying those retailers that they may be subject to California's Transparency in Supply Chains Act (the “Act”...more

Intellectual Property and Technology News

In This Issue: - Biosimilars In The US - Introducing Cybertrak - Free and Open Source Compliance: Action Steps - Falling Prices At The Pump - Put A Premium On Energy IP - Supreme Court Corner - Excerpt...more

Cyber Vulnerability in Wind Turbines

It has been reported that a wind turbine which is deployed across the energy sector worldwide has been hacked. Due to a software bug, an attacker can get the user name and password from the browser. This can allow admin...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

Several of the South Carolina Senate Finance Committee’s budget subcommittees met last week to hear from various agencies on appropriations. The Senate sent the House several bills, including one bill extending the time in...more

Ofgem's Smart Meter Network Decision: UK gas and electricity consumer privacy gets broader protection

In February 2015, Ofgem (the UK’s Office of Gas and Electricity Markets) published its Decision on Extending the Smart Meter Framework to Remote Meters (the Decision). This confirms that, following a public consultation, the...more

Also In the News - Data, Privacy, & Security Practice Report - February 2015 #4

Going With The (Work) Flow After A Data Breach—Corporate Counsel reported on the recent King & Spalding webinar, “Data Breach: What Workflows to Expect and How to Prepare,” offering concerned in-house counsel and the...more

Regulatory Implications of New Products and Services in the Australian Electricity Market

The Energy Market Reform Working Group (Working Group) in Australia released a consultation paper at the end of 2014 regarding the regulatory implications of new products and services in the national electricity market. New...more

Privacy Issues in Smart Electrical Grids: Another Internet of Things Problem

Smart grids – electrical grids that allow two-way communication between utilities and consumers – represent an exciting frontier in the Internet of Things, with ramifications for energy efficiency, weather resiliency and...more

President Presses For Action On Cybersecurity Legislation In State Of The Union

On January 20, 2015, President Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address, during which he pressed for Congress to take action to combat cybersecurity threats. He called on Congress to “finally pass the legislation...more

President Obama’s 2015 Priorities Include Cybersecurity

During his recent State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress “to finally pass the legislation we need to better meet the evolving threat of cyber attacks, combat identity theft, and protect our children’s...more

Energy and information technology: An upcoming wedding where data is at the heart of power

Nowadays, the European energy world is facing a revolution. European utilities have underperformed the broader European equity market by 80 per cent since the start of 2009. They are all trying to transform themselves from...more

New Federal Chemical-Disclosure Regulations? Public-Comment Period Has Ended

In our July/August newsletter, we wrote that in May 2014, the Obama administration began to accept comments regarding potential federal hydraulic-fracturing regulations. The EPA, through an advance notice of proposed...more

House Passes Three Bipartisan Cybersecurity Bills to Protect Critical Infrastructure

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

Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Oil and Gas Operations—Q and A

The desire to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in commercial operations is steadily building. A wide variety of businesses would like to use these devices to improve efficiency and safety, and reduce costs. One field that...more

Oil and Gas Industry Forms Information Sharing Group to Combat Cyber Threats

In response to the growing threat from cyber-attacks, the oil and gas industry has announced the formation of an information sharing clearinghouse. The new group, known as the Oil and Natural Gas Information Sharing and...more

Department of Energy Invites Cybersecurity Comments

In a Federal Register notice to be officially published Friday, June 20, 2014, the Department of Energy (DOE) is inviting public participation in its efforts to develop a guidance document entitled “Energy Sector Framework...more

Focus on Regulatory Law - June 2014

In This Issue: Regulatory Authorities - ..Securities and Market Authority ..Authority for the Regulation of Electronic Communications ..Data Protection Authority ..Commission Nationale Informatique et...more

Avoiding Litigation: What Every Growing Company Should Know Now — Before It Is Too Late

The growth of business opportunities in the Bakken region is impressive and looks to continue on an upward trajectory for years to come. Companies that might have been small—or non-existent—just 5 years ago are growing at a...more

Washington Insight - May 2014

In This Issue: - Politics Drives the Agenda in Run-Up to the Midterms - An Insider's View: President Obama's Foreign Policy - The Anti-Energy Tax Incentives Caucus of the GOP - Trade Agenda Stagnant, For...more

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