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At their April Senate confirmation hearing, both incoming CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye and Commissioner Joe Mohorovic pledged to Senator John Thune (R-SD) to submit plans for reducing third party testing burdens within 60 days...more
While not a much-discussed topic during campaign season, federal policy on cyber-security will likely see some material changes as a result of a Republican-controlled Senate. Just how significant those changes will be has yet...more
Why it matters -
In an effort to push retailers to adopt heightened security for credit and debit cards, President Barack Obama signed an executive order mandating chip-and-PIN technology for government cards. ...more
Yesterday, a coalition of 44 service and retail industry trade associations sent a letter to congressional leadership, urging the House and Senate to adopt a single data breach notification standard at the federal level. The...more
The Obama Administration is taking new steps aimed at improving the security of consumer financial transactions. Specifically recognizing that identity crimes, including credit card fraud, are a risk to U.S. economic...more
On Friday, October 17, Obama signed his second major cyber-related executive order in the past two years. This most recent EO, entitled "Improving the Security of Consumer Financial Transactions," focuses squarely on the...more
On October 17, 2014, President Obama directed the federal government to take steps to improve the security of financial transactions in the United States. As part of the “BuySecure” Initiative, the President pledged a...more
Last Friday, in the wake of numerous data breaches, President Obama signed a new Executive Order that will change how federal agencies use payment cards and allow access to certain government portals. Those changes include...more
Although the litigation between LabMD and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) continues in the Eleventh Circuit, an administrative law judge has resolved one battle between the two entities. Chief Administrative Law Judge D....more
On September 3, 2014, following the news of a possible breach at Home Depot (which was confirmed on September 8), the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) called on Congress to enact new legislation to hold...more
With the recent theft and release of several celebrities’ private photographs (many of which appear to have been taken with, and stored on, mobile devices), mobile privacy and the protection of sensitive data stored or...more
In what has become almost an annual ritual, California is poised to tweak its security breach notice law. Last year, in language DLA Piper lawyers helped to draft on behalf of the State Privacy & Security Coalition, the...more
On July 24, 2014, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing entitled, "The Federal Trade Commission and Its Section 5 Authority: Prosecutor, Judge and Jury." The purpose of the hearing was to...more
Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act of 2014 Introduced in the House and the Senate
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The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law has announced it will hold a hearing on June 4, 2014, regarding the Location Privacy Protection Act of 2014....more
The "Security" Part -
When reading the Majority and Minority Staff Report from the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations ("The Subcommittee") regarding the "Hidden Hazards to Consumer Security and Data Privacy" was...more
The Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations released a report on May 14, 2014, regarding the security of online advertisements. Entitled “Online Advertising and Hidden Hazards...more
While the public debate on privacy has largely focused on how government, particularly the intelligence community, collects, stores, and uses data, President Obama earlier this year announced a comprehensive review of the...more
Pennsylvania legislators are beginning to explore a topic that, for them, was previously uncharted territory: the possibility of legalizing Internet gaming. In April 2013, Representative Tina Davis introduced a bill (HR 1235)...more
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EPA's Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program Updates EDSP Comprehensive Management Plan: On February 21, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated its Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP)...more
It has been difficult to keep up with all the various permutations of the Target data breach saga.
Yesterday, the fingerpointing continued in the form of the release of a Harris Poll and testimony on Capitol Hill at a...more
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
In keeping with Congress’s heightened focus on privacy practices in the data broker industry, Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced a bill that would require increased transparency and...more
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