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The FCC’s Broadband Privacy Proposal – Hit from All Sides

Initial Comments are due on May 27, 2016 regarding the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) released last month by the FCC in its broadband privacy proceeding. The rules proposed in the NPRM have already been the subject of...more

In re: TC Heartland LLC: Status Quo for Venue Selection in Patent Suits (For Now)

The Federal Circuit, in In re: TC Heartland LLC (No. 2016-105), recently issued an opinion denying TC Heartland’s petition for a writ of mandamus to direct the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware to either...more

National Telecommunications & Information Administration Issues “Voluntary Best Practices” For Commercial And Private Use Of...

On May 19, 2016, the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (“NTIA”) issued a document outlining voluntary best practices for the non-commercial and commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”), or...more

European Parliament: EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Needs Further Improvement

Earlier today, the European Parliament passed a non-legislative resolution saying the EU Commission should go back to negotiating with the United States to remedy “deficiencies” in the proposed EU-U.S. Privacy Shield for EU...more

“Hacking” Warrants: A Question of Procedure or Substance?

Typically, the process for amending the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure is a sleepy affair. Proposed amendments wend their way through a series of judicial committees and, if approved by the Supreme Court, take effect...more

Stick a Fork in It – FDA Anti-Generic Drug Preemption Proposal Postponed Until After the Presidential Election

On May 18, the FDA extended the comment period for its proposed generic drug labeling rule until April 2017 – that is, until after the next presidential election. We believe that, for all practical purposes, this means that...more

Senate hearing reviews ransomware in a school system

On May 18, the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism heard from Charles C. Hucks, the Executive Director of Technology for the Horry County, South Carolina, School System. The 52 schools and the...more

Autonomous Vehicle Bill Passes Tennessee Senate

A new bill in Tennessee seeks to reduce the frequency and severity of car accidents with the expansion of smart car technology.Nashville, TN – April 22, 2016—This month, Tennessee became the first state in the nation to...more

SC Public Policy Update - May 2016 #3

What's New - SENATE - It was another busy week in the Senate as members continued to work through various bills on the lengthy Senate Calendar. The Senate spent the day on Wednesday taking up the Governor’s veto on...more

The Network and Information Security Directive: Serious Cyber Attacks Will Require Notification

The Council of the European Union adopted the EU Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive (the ‘Directive’) 17 May, ready for final adoption by the European Parliament. The Directive, initially proposed in 2013, has...more

U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing On FISA

On Tuesday, May 10, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary (the “Judiciary Committee”) held a hearing titled “Oversight and Reauthorization of the FISA Amendments Act: The Balance between National Security, Privacy and Civil...more

Finance Committee Report Places Medical Device Arrangements under Increasing Scrutiny

Hospitals and providers participating in physician-owned distributorships, or “PODs” may be at increased risk for government investigation or enforcement. A Senate Finance Committee (SFC) Report issued this month highlights...more

Tennessee’s Data-Breach Notice Requirements Among the Nation’s Toughest

On July 1, 2016, Tennessee’s new notice requirements for breaches of data security systems which compromise an individual’s personal information will take effect. The amendments to Tennessee’s current rules, found at T.C.A....more

FDIC reports five “major” data incidents to Congress

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) reported on Monday, May 16, 2016, that it had experienced five “major incidents” involving the disclosure of taxpayers’ personal information since the last incident we reported...more

Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing to Discuss FCC’s Proposed Privacy Rules

On May 11, the Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law of the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing titled “Examining the Proposed FCC Privacy Rules.” Present at the hearing were witnesses FCC Chairman Thomas...more

DOJ Files IPR Petitions Against Discovery Patents

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed six petitions for inter partes review (IPR) of three patents assigned to Discovery Patents, LLC. The patents cover security alarm systems and methods for providing secure real-time...more

TechConnect - Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - May 2016

Letter from the Editors - Dear Readers, There is an ancient Chinese proverb that goes like this: When the wind changes direction, there are those that build walls and there are those that build windmills. In the...more

Reworked EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Still Undergoing Growing Pains

When the European Union’s highest court issued its October 2015 ruling striking down the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor framework, shock waves rippled on both sides of the Atlantic. For thousands of U.S. companies handling the...more

Tennessee Enacts Changes to Data Breach Statute

Businesses in the State of Tennessee should take note of several significant changes to Tennessee's data breach statute that take effect for data breaches occurring on or after July 1, 2016. Currently, Tennessee Code...more

Come Back With a Warrant: Proposed Rule Change Expands the Government’s Ability to Access Electronically Stored Information in...

On April 28, 2016 the United States Supreme Court proposed a modification to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 41 that significantly alters the manner in which the government can obtain search warrants to access computer...more

Senate Finance Report Puts another Nail in the POD Coffin

On May 10, 2016, the Senate Finance Committee Majority Staff released a long-awaited report entitled “Physician Owned Distributorships: An Update on Key Issues and Areas of Congressional Concern” (Report). The Report follows...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

Lawmakers returned to Raleigh for the Regular Session April 25, 2016. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be distributed weekly during session to keep you up to date on the latest legislative...more

Cybersecurity, Boards and Cyber-Board "Experts": Caution Should Rule

A continuing frequent question from public companies is how a board should be constituted to oversee cybersecurity. Many public companies foist this additional burden on the audit committee. Those large enough to have a...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update

Ten days remain before the last day of the Minnesota legislative session May 23, 2016. Governor Mark Dayton, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and House Speaker Kurt Daudt met twice in the past week to negotiate an agreement on...more

Vermont Act 120 and Beyond: Genetically Engineered Foods, Where Are We Now?

On July 1, 2016, Vermont’s genetically engineered food labeling law is set to become effective. Act 120 and its implementing rule (Vermont Consumer Protection Rule 121) require food manufacturers to label food products that...more

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