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Hungary accepts use of BCRs as part of recent data protection law changes

On 6 July 2015, the Hungarian Parliament adopted several amendments (‘Amendments’) to Act CXII 2011 on the Right of Informational Self-Determination and the Freedom of Information (‘Data Protection Act’). The Amendments,...more

August 2015 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses DOT’s launch of an investigation of alleged price gouging by airlines following Amtrak train service disruption in the Northeast Corridor, the agency’s...more

NIST draft report: international cybersecurity standardization needed

An interagency working group led by The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and The Department of Commerce recently published a draft report (the “Report”) recommending that the U.S. government increase its...more

Student Data Concerns Give Rise to Proposed Changes in Federal Education Privacy Laws

It has been over 40 years since Congress initially passed the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g), also referred to as the “Buckley Amendment” after its primary Congressional sponsor. ...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. House District 19 Special Election - On November 3, 2015 the citizens of Sanford can take...more

U.S. Business Groups Urge Obama Administration To Address Chinese Cybersecurity Rules

On August 11, 2015, a group of 19 U.S. business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the US-China Business Council, sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to push China to change its cybersecurity...more

Maine Enacts Social Media Protections for Applicants and Employees

Effective as of October 15, 2015, employers in Maine will be restricted in their ability to access the personal social media accounts of applicants and employees. Specifically, under the new law, an employer may not...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - August 2015 #2

House Report Highlights Cybersecurity Concerns At The Department Of Health and Human Services – The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce released a report revealing that five operating divisions at...more

White House “Cyber Sprint” Results Are In

On July 31, the White House released a report on its 30-day cybersecurity “sprint,” launched on June 12 in the wake of the Office of Personnel Management hacks. The report is brief, providing statistics on each agency’s use...more

Anti-robocalling statute banning automated political calls found unconstitutional

On August 6, 2015, the Fourth Circuit upheld a lower court’s decision that the South Carolina anti-robocall statute was unconstitutional. The South Carolina robocall statute targeted automated telephone calls that were...more

House Judiciary Subcommittee Holds Hearing On The Internet Of Things

In a July 29, 2015 hearing, lawmakers asked a panel of witnesses—all industry representatives—about the current and future challenges facing the Internet of Things, and what role, if any, Congress should play in addressing...more

Senate Could Take Up Cybersecurity Bill Before August Recess

While the U.S. House of Representatives has already adjourned for the month-long August recess, the U.S. Senate remains in session and could take up a measure to address cybersecurity information-sharing as one of its last...more

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review

Last Monday night the Senate passed HB 774, Restoring Proper Justice Act, 33-16. According to HB 744’s supporters, the bill will allow executions to resume in the state. The last execution occurred in 2006. ...more

OIG confirms Clinton sent classified emails through private account

The Office of the Inspector General for the State Department recently confirmed in a Memo that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent emails with classified information in them through her private email account...more

White House Releases Draft Privacy Principles for the Precision Medicine Initiative

Six months after the Precision Medicine Initiative’s (Initiative’s) debut, the White House has released a working draft of proposed privacy and trust principles (the Principles) to govern future design and development efforts...more

Identity Management: Push to Adopt Legislation Heats Up

Businesses and governments are beginning to recognize the critical importance of online identity management, as previously reported, and as a result we are starting to see a strong push for legislation governing this topic....more

California Bill Requiring Mobile, Cloud Search Warrants Advances

On July 14, 2015, the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“Cal-ECPA”) unanimously passed the California State Assembly’s public safety committee. The bill would forbid warrantless cellular “stingrays” as well...more

New FCC rules restricting robocalls have pollsters up in arms

The 2016 election cycle will occur under the framework of a new set of rules recently adopted by the Federal Communication Commission that strengthen consumer protections against unwanted calls and spam texts. The FCC claims...more

Federal Data Breach Bill Stalled in Congress

A key distinguishing feature of U.S. data privacy laws is their patchwork nature. There are industry-specific data privacy laws at the federal level (think HIPAA or the GLBA), yet there are no comprehensive federal standards...more

Oregon Amends Data Breach Law — Companies Can Expect More Enforcement Actions

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown recently signed into law amendments to the state’s data breach law. These amendments recognize the growing definition of data, expand the role of the Attorney General in addressing data breaches,...more

White House Provides Update on 2015 Cybersecurity Initiatives

On July 9, the White House released a fact sheet regarding the Administration’s 2015 cybersecurity efforts “both domestic and international, to improve our cyber defenses, enhance our response capabilities, and upgrade our...more

State Breach Notification Laws – Updates From the 2015 Legislative Sessions, 6 Action Steps for Companies

This is proving to be a banner year for new breach notice requirements. In the period between 2006 and 2009, most US states enacted data breach notice laws. This year, we are seeing a wave of “second-generation” breach notice...more

State Attorneys General Ask Congress Not To Preempt Breach Notification Laws

In the wake of recent, large-scale data breaches, several pieces of legislation have been introduced in Congress to establish a national data breach notification law, including a House bill that would preempt the current...more

White House Releases Proposed Precision Medicine Initiative Privacy Framework

Earlier this year, President Obama launched a high-profile “Precision Medicine Initiative” (PMI) to develop treatments, diagnostics, and prevention strategies tailored to the individual genetic characteristics of each...more

Connecticut Updates its Data Security Laws, Imposing Stringent New Requirements

On June 30, 2015, the Governor of Connecticut signed into law S.B. 949, “An Act Improving Data Security and Agency Effectiveness." The new law updates Connecticut’s data security laws, including by adding a 90-day hard...more

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