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New challenges created by China’s new draft cybersecurity law

In July 2015, China released its new draft cybersecurity law (the ‘Law’), which will potentially have far-reaching consequences for network operators and companies doing business in China....more

The ‘Safe Harbor’ Scheme Coming Under Challenge

The Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) held yesterday, in its decision in Schrems v. Data Protection Commissioner, that the decision of the European Commission of July 2000 which provides the legal basis under EU...more

No More “Safe Harbor” for the EU-US Transfer of Personal Data - Is Your Online Business Endangered?

What Happened? The highest court in the European Union, the EU Court of Justice, has just invalidated the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor mechanism. Companies can no longer rely on Safe Harbor certification to justify data transfers of...more

New Delaware Act Requires Online Privacy Policy for Websites

A new privacy law requires companies to make specific statements about what information is collected on its website. Like California, it also requires that companies state in writing whether they respect “Do Not Track”...more

Bombshell OIG Report a Reminder to Vigilantly Protect Confidential Information

The U.S. Secret Service’s most recent scandal spectacularly illustrates the need to enforce restrictions on access to databases housing confidential information. According to a September 25, 2015, report from the Office of...more

The ‘Safe Harbor’ Scheme Coming Under Challenge

The Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) held yesterday, in its decision in Schrems v. Data Protection Commissioner, that the decision of the European Commission of July 2000 which provides the legal basis under EU...more

Ground-breaking European Court Decision – US Safe Harbor Declared Invalid

Today, in a ground-breaking Decision, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) declared the US Safe Harbor scheme to be invalid, as well as confirming that individuals have the right to challenge any similar schemes...more

The Collection of Passenger Data - Draft Directive Back on Schedule

The EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) Directive has had a turbulent ride: it was first proposed in 2011, rejected in 2013 by the Civil Liberties Committee and discussions suspended a year later. It was then revived in the...more

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing To Discuss Reforms To The Electronic Communications Privacy Act

The U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing to discuss reforms to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“ECPA”) proposed in Senate bill S. 356, The Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act of...more

Is the Safe Harbor Framework Still Safe?

On October 6, 2015, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) will issue its decision in Schrems v. Data Protection Commissioner, Case C-362/14, which may invalidate the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework. The Safe Harbor Framework...more

U.S., China Announce Cybersecurity Agreement During Xi Jiping’s Visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping made his first state visit to the United States last week, and his itinerary included meetings with U.S. technology company leaders as well as President Barack Obama. Not surprisingly, his hosts...more

Stacy Allen Speaks: Newsroom Victories During the 2015 Texas Legislative Session

Sometimes, killing a bad bill can be as important as enacting a good one. So it was for newsrooms during the 2015 session of the Texas Legislature. My partner Paul Watler and I were privileged to assist the Texas Association...more

Judicial Redress Act Advances

In what may prove to be a major step forward in US-EU privacy relations, the House Judicial Committee approved H.R. 1428, the Judicial Redress Act of 2015, on September 16. If enacted, the bill would allow citizens of...more

Delaware Enacts Package of Internet Data Laws

Joining the collection of states with online privacy laws, Delaware has enacted a package of statutes governing the collection, storage and use of the personal information of Delaware residents by websites, Internet and cloud...more

Senate Legislation Seeks To Protect Taxpayer Data In Response To IRS Data Breach

On September 11, 2015, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced a bill aimed at combating identity theft and tax rebate fraud. The legislation comes as the Internal...more

COPPA, Meet DOPPA – Delaware AG Action Leads to New Child-Protection Data Privacy Laws

Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn is serious about online privacy, and aims to make Delaware “the safest state in America for kids to use the internet.” This August, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed into law four...more

Will the FTC Have Access to Your Electronic Communications?

Amending the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) has long been under consideration in Congress, but recent testimony indicates that ECPA reform may have deeper implications for companies subject to FTC...more

EU and U.S. Reach “Umbrella Agreement” on Data Transfers

The EU and U.S. reached an agreement on Tuesday (9 September) which will enable the two sides to exchange personal data during criminal and terrorism investigations....more

Florida’s CADRA a Powerful New Data Protection

Florida businesses will soon have an important and powerful new legal cause of action to combat unauthorized access to protected computer systems or data by employees, former employees, directors, officers, and others....more

California Governor Signs Executive Order Aimed At Strengthening Cybersecurity Strategy

On August 31, California Governor Edmund G. Brown signed Executive Order B-34-15. A response to recent cyber-attacks, this order is intended to bolster the state’s preparedness, to improve inter-agency, cross-sector...more

U.S. Considers Sanctions Against China For Cyber Hacking And Trade Secret Misappropriation

You may have missed it this past weekend, but reports indicate the United States is considering sanctioning Chinese companies and individuals who have benefited from their government’s alleged cyber hacking of U.S. trade...more

California Senate Sends Bill To Governor Restricting Use Of Drones On Private Property

The California Senate has sent a bill to Governor Brown that, if signed, would create trespass liability for those flying unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”), more commonly known as drones, lower than 350 feet above private...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. July State Revenue Over Projection - Due to higher than anticipated revenues generated by...more

Illinois Governor Vetoes Data Breach Bill

On August 21, 2015, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed legislation that would have modified the state’s data breach notification law. Illinois’ Personal Information Protection Act (the “Act”) was enacted in 2005 to...more

Illinois Governor Vetoes Expansion of Breach Notice Requirements

A recent attempt by the Illinois legislature to significantly expand the scope of the Illinois data breach notification legislation was vetoed by Governor Rauner. As passed by the General Assembly, Illinois Senate Bill 1833...more

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