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Attorney General Holder Calls on Congress to Establish Strong National Data Breach Notification Standard

Yesterday, in his weekly video address, Attorney General Eric Holder urged Congress to create a national data breach notification standard requiring companies to quickly notify consumers of a breach of their personal or...more

Senate Committees Hold Data Security Hearings

On Monday, February 3, and Tuesday, February 4, the Senate Banking and Senate Judiciary Committees (respectively) held hearings on the topic of data security and breach notification. Witnesses at both hearings included...more

Money Transmission Act Petition Withdrawn/Initiative Would Presume Harm For Release Of “Personally Identifying Information”

Money Transmission Act Petition Withdrawn - Earlier this month, I wrote about a pending petition questioning the failure of the Department of Business Oversight to adopt regulations under the Money Transmission Act. ...more

Washington Insight - August 2013

In This Issue: - Tax Reform: An Insider's View - A Deep Divide Over Corporate Tax Reform - The Current Economic State: An Insider's View - K&S Thought Leadership Event on the 3rd Anniverary of Dodd-Frank -...more

Washington Insight - June 2013

In This Issue: - King & Spalding Partners Address Political Intelligence Industry - On the Politics of Immigration Reform - Appropriations and Sequester – Laying Down Markers - The Congressional Appropriations...more

D.C. Developments on the Cybersecurity Front – UPDATE

UPDATE: The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) this afternoon. The vote was 18 in favor and two (Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL))...more

President Issues Cybersecurity Executive Order; Pending Legislation Revived

President Barack Obama issued his administration's much-anticipated executive order on cybersecurity Feb. 12, to "enhance the security and resilience of the Nation's critical infrastructure and to maintain a cyber environment...more

President Obama Signs Executive Order on Cybersecurity

As announced during the 2013 State of the Union Address, President Obama recently signed an Executive Order on cybersecurity. The primary goals of the Executive Order are to (a) improve communication between private companies...more

White House Cyber Security Coordinator Warns Regulations Are Needed

A sweeping cyber security law is unlikely to pass any time soon. White House Cyber Security Coordinator Michael Daniel warned last week that President Obama's Executive Order on Cyber Security (EO) could result in new...more

DataGuidance: Cynthia Larose on Cybersecurity Framework

USA: New cybersecurity framework has far-reaching effects on US economy - President Obama issued – on 12 February 2013 – the long-awaited Executive Order entitled ‘Improving Infrastructure Cybersecurity’ (the Order),...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House Marsch 1, 2013

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House is a weekly update that provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. If you would like more specific information regarding an item in this newsletter...more

What You Should Be Doing Now to Prepare for Implementation of the Cybersecurity Executive Order

A tempting response to the Cybersecurity Executive Order (the "Order"), announced by President Obama at his State of the Union address, is to ignore it. It is vague in key particulars, such as which companies are part of the...more

President Obama Issues Executive Order on Cybersecurity

On February 12, 2013, President Obama issued a long-anticipated Executive Order concerning cybersecurity entitled Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity. The Executive Order marks a major milestone in the Federal...more

Addressing the Cyber Threat: Cybersecurity Executive Order Issued and CISPA Introduced

The long-awaited executive order entitled “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity” was issued on Tuesday, along with a companion Presidential Policy Directive and mention by the President in the State of the Union...more

President Obama Issues Long-Awaited Cybersecurity Executive Order

As President Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union speech to Congress on February 12, 2013, he simultaneously issued a highly anticipated Executive Order (“the Order”) focused on improving cybersecurity in the United...more

President Signs Cybersecurity Executive Order

“America must … face the rapidly growing threat from cyber-attacks. Now, we know hackers steal people’s identities and infiltrate private emails. We know foreign countries and companies swipe our corporate secrets. Now our...more

Lame Duck Congress Acts on Privacy Bills, Mostly With an Eye Toward 2013

While continuing congressional inaction on the fiscal cliff is getting most of the ink/pixels in news headlines over the last couple weeks, several privacy bills have advanced in the House and Senate....more

Wow! Government Amends Red Flags Rule to Make it Narrower

Congress, FTC Restrict Definition of “Creditors” who must Adopt a Formal Plan to Prevent, Detect ID Theft In journalism, the adage goes, “man bites dog” is news. The regulatory equivalent should be “government amends...more

You’ve Got Mail: Senator Rockefeller Sends Letter to CEOs re: Cybersecurity….Reply Requested

Senator John D. Rockefeller IV (D., W.Va.) recently sent a letter to the CEOs of all Fortune 500 companies asking the companies for more information about their cybersecurity practices. The letter comes a month after Senate...more

Employment Law Advisory for September 14, 2011: Checking An Applicant’s Credit History - Part 2: Assembly Bill 22

Last week we discussed the federal and state rules that apply to obtaining and using credit checks in the process of screening applicants for employment. On Thursday last week, the California Legislature approved Assembly...more

EPIC Warns Congress of Cybersecurity Risks to Consumers

EPIC Executive Director Marc Rotenberg testified today before the House Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit. EPIC highlighted several recent high-profile data breaches, including those involving the...more

The Download - Developments In E-Commerce, Privacy, Internet Advertising, Marketing And Information Services Law And Policy -...

In this Issue: Around the Agencies • Federal Trade Commission Report on Privacy • Department of Commerce Issues Green Paper Concerning Commercial Data Privacy New Online Marketing Law • Congress Passes the Restore...more

California Governor Vetoes Bill Restricting Employer Use of Employee Credit Reports

On Monday, September 27, 2010, Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed California Assembly Bill 482 (“AB 482”).1 AB 482 would have dramatically restricted the circumstances under which an employer could use a credit report for...more

IRS-UBS Deal Likely Brought to Swiss Voters

Last year, the IRS and Switzerland’s UBS Bank hammered out a deal where UBS agreed to disclose names of 4,450 American depositors suspected of stashing the cash in their UBS accounts to avoid paying taxes, against Swiss...more

House Approves Legislation To Eliminate Duplicative Consumer Privacy Notices

The U.S. House of Representatives approved by a voice vote on April 14 an amendment to the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act that will provide an exemption from annual privacy notice updates for financial institutions that do not share...more

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