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Monthly Update for March 2014

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

The Target Breach Update

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

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

Congress Steps Up its Scrutiny of Data Brokers

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

Congressional Committees Review Data Breaches, Potential Federal Responses

This week, several congressional committees held hearings to review recent data security breaches and related consumer privacy issues, particularly those related to consumer financial data and payment systems. Generally, the...more

House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Data Security

On February 5, the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade held a hearing titled “Protecting Consumer Information: Can Data Breaches Be Prevented?” The hearing follows two consecutive Senate...more

Capital Thinking: Cybersecurity

Data Breach - This week, several Congressional Committees will hold a number of hearings focused on the recent data breaches at Target, Neiman Marcus and other large companies that compromised the financial information...more

Congress Taking Action to Protect Data Security

In the wake of major customer data breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus, lawmakers on Capitol Hill have quickly swung into action, scheduling a slew of hearings and introducing legislation designed to address the issue of...more

High Profile Security Breaches Spur Congressional Action

Recently, several large retailers, including Target and Neiman Marcus, announced that hackers had compromised credit card and other personal consumer data. At Target, 40 million debt and credit cards were impacted and the...more

Restarting the Federal Data Privacy Law Engine

The recent data security breaches at Target, Niemen Marcus, and a few other retailers has been a catalyst to Congress restarting talks about a federal data privacy law. Currently, there are pending bills in both the House and...more

Newly introduced Data Security Act would remove data security standards from state oversight

The Federal Government has not taken significant steps to regulate data security. For that reason, local and state officials have been taking a more aggressive role in responding to data breaches and in establishing best...more

House and Senate Committees to Hold Data Breach Hearings in February

In the wake of recent data breaches at major retailers Target and Neiman Marcus, Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has renewed his efforts to enact stronger data security requirements for companies that collect...more

Congressional Report on the Ways Data Brokers Use and Sell Consumer Information

Full-text copy of “A Review of the Data Broker Industry: Collection, Use, and Sale of Consumer Data for Marketing Purposes,” a 36-page Congressional report on how data brokers collect, maintain, and sell information on...more

Article 29 Data Protection Working Party Supports Reform

On December 4, 2013, the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party (Working Party) endorsed the data protection reform package presented by the European Commission, strongly encouraging all relevant parties to adopt the reform...more

Turning A Corner? The Data Protection Debate To Date

As part of the European Council conclusions of 24/25 October 2013, EU Ministers agreed that new Data Protection legislation should be adopted by 2015, rather than by the end of May 2014, as the European Parliament and the...more

Capital Thinking: Technology and Communications

Legislative Activity - Sen. Cruz Blocks Confirmation of FCC Chairman - Last Wednesday, October 16, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) blocked an expected Senate vote on the nomination of Tom Wheeler to become the next...more

Summary of the data protection framework - October 2013

Further to the vote that was conducted earlier this week in the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee, concerning the revision of the Data Protection framework in Europe, we are pleased to be able to send you some...more

California Enacts Several Pieces of New Privacy Legislation

California is continuing to blaze new trails in the area of online data privacy. Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed into law several new pieces of privacy legislation. The new laws affect all operators of commercial Web sites...more

Consumer Privacy Framework Needs to Reflect Changes in Technology and the Marketplace – GAO report to Congress on data brokers

Full text copy of “Information Resellers: Consumer Privacy Framework Needs to Reflect Changes in Technology and the Marketplace,” the US Government Accountability Office’s report to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science,...more

Will California Voters Move US to Opt-In?

The California ballot measure process permits any California voter to propose a ballot initiative to the state’s Attorney General which, if enough signatures are gathered, will then appear on state-wide ballot for approval at...more

Federal Data Breach Legislation Introduced, But Will It Go Anywhere?

Last week Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA), along with one Independent and six other Republican Senators, introduced the “Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2013.”...more

Is Edward Snowden a Whistleblower?  [Video]

June 14 (Bloomberg Law) -- Trevor Timm, writer and activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about recent intelligence leaks surrounding the NSA's surveillance of American...more

Beyond Trolling the Trolls: White House Acts to Curb Abuse by Patent Assertion Entities

Earlier this year, President Obama addressed frivolous patent suits in a Google+ hangout session, commenting that Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs) "don't actually produce anything themselves" and assert patents "to...more

Mobile Apps Bill Introduced in the House of Representatives

Lawmakers in Washington, D.C., continue to show interest in understanding and developing regulatory proposals relating to mobile apps. The interest appears to be driven, at least in part, by policymakers’ concerns about...more

Instapundit: America's IP Laws Need to be "Pruned Back"  [Video]

May 24 (Bloomberg Law) -- Under current intellectual property law, a consumer who unlocks his or her own cellphone can be convicted as a felon. Law professor and Instapundit founder Glenn Reynolds says such a scenario is...more

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