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Bitcoin: Regulators and States Out Ahead—Will Congress Follow?

Bitcoin, a decentralized digital currency that facilitates quick exchanges of value, has received steady attention from the media and industry stakeholders. Akin to gold, bitcoins are mined using computers to solve...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

Energy & Clean Technology Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News -- February 2014

In the February edition of Energy & Clean Technology Connections, we bring you recent industry highlights, the latest news from Capitol Hill, and a list of upcoming energy industry events. For links to industry grant...more

Last Week at the FEC: Commission Asked to Approve a Framework for Acceptance and Use of Bitcoins

Last week the Federal Election Commission did not meet, but made public AOR 2014-02, an Advisory Opinion Request from Make Your Laws PAC ("MYL PAC") related to Bitcoins, as well as a Final Audit Report related to the North...more

Bitcoins Drawing Increased Interest from Congress, New York and Merchants

Given the growing acceptance of Bitcoins, Congressional and state regulator interests have piqued. Two Senate subcommittees— the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and the Senate Committee...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Money Transmission Act Petition Withdrawn/Initiative Would Presume Harm For Release Of “Personally Identifying Information”

Money Transmission Act Petition Withdrawn - Earlier this month, I wrote about a pending petition questioning the failure of the Department of Business Oversight to adopt regulations under the Money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

Federal Election Commission Seeks Public Comment On The Use Of Bitcoins As Political Contributions

A political action committee has sought an advisory opinion from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) as to whether bitcoins can be accepted as political contributions and, if so, how bitcoins should be characterized and...more

Senate Committee Expands Review Of Virtual Currency Policies

On August 12, Senators Tom Carper (D-DE) and Tom Coburn (R-OK), the leaders of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano regarding...more

Capital Thinking Update - July 29, 2013

General Legislative - The Senate will convene today, Monday, July 29, at 2:00pm. After any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in morning business until 4:30 pm, with senators permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each....more

Tightening U.S. Sanctions against Iran’s Automotive Industry and its effect on U.S. business relations with Foreign Companies

On June 3, 2013, President Obama approved a new Executive Order (E.O.) to isolate the Iranian government by tighening U.S. sanctions. The E.O. aims to target Iran’s automotive sector and petrochemicals industry, as well as...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

The Cost of Convenience: charging for online contributions

On May 7, 2013, the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board (“Board”) will consider an advisory opinion request submitted on behalf of Democracy Ventures, Inc., d/b/a Democracy.com. The organization is seeking...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

Congress Returns from Spring Recess

Congress returns to Washington today after a two-week district work period. As we enter the second quarter of the year, we are likely to see continued debate and some progress on: Budget & Appropriations; Presidential...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

Historical Reform of the Mexican Telecommunications Industry

The new President of Mexico, Mr. Peña Nieto, has reached an unprecedented multi-party agreement between his party, the Partido Revolucionario Industrial (PRI), and the rest of the major political forces: the Partido Acción...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

The Litigation Graphics Lesson in the "Wealth Inequality in America" Video

I always like to share examples of what I consider powerful graphics to give attorneys ideas on what’s possible to create for use in litigation. This morning, I was struck by a video going viral that describes economic...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

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