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Senate Creates Cybersecurity Caucus

On June 14, 2016, Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced the creation of the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus to help coordinate cybersecurity efforts across Senate committees and keep lawmakers and staffers...more

Illinois data breach law amended and includes new twists

Governor Bruce Rauner signed several new provisions into law amending Illinois’ Personal Information Privacy Act, including health insurance and medical information into the definition of personal information that triggers...more

Unfair and Unbalanced-the Victimization Episode [Video]

In this episode Roy Snell and I discuss: Victimization and the value of personal responsibility; Standing up for your principles; The idea that you can make your sales goals without breaking the law; Roy translates wink...more

Russian Intelligence Breaches Democratic National Committee Servers

Last week saw the announcement of yet another high-profile network breach. On June 14, 2016, the press reported that hackers had penetrated the Democratic National Committee’s (“DNC”) network for nearly a year. Most notably,...more

Controversy looms over ECPA amendment in wake of Orlando terrorist attack

After the terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida, early this month, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) has been discussed quite a bit. The ECPA, a law which took effect in 1986, limits the government’s access to...more

Connecticut governor signs student privacy act into law

On June 9, 2016, Governor Dannel Malloy, who continues to show his commitment to data privacy, signed An Act Concerning Student Data Privacy into law, effective October 1, 2016. The law requires any local or regional...more

Colorado Law Protects Student Information, Boosts Cybersecurity Resources

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has signed into law two bills implementing enhanced protections and obligations for entities handling student personally identifiable information and increasing state resources dedicated to...more

German Data Protection Commissioner Fines US Companies for Unlawful Data Transfers

On June 6, 2016, the Data Protection Commissioner for Hamburg, Germany, announced fines against three US companies for unlawful transfers of employee and customer data from the EU to the US. This action by the Hamburg...more

U.S. House Committee On Homeland Security Holds Hearing On States’ Preparation For Cyber Threats

On Tuesday, May 24, 2016, the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security (the “Committee”) held a hearing titled “Enhancing Preparedness and Response Capabilities to Address Cyber Threats.” The hearing was convened jointly by...more

House Energy And Commerce Committee Reviews Cybersecurity Practices At HHS

On May 25, 2016, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing to examine the Department of Health and Human Services’ (“HHS”) cybersecurity responsibilities. The hearing focused on legislation that...more

Proposed amendment to Illinois biometrics privacy law introduced then stalled

On May 26, 2016, Illinois Senator Terry Link filed a proposed amendment to the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act that would presumably ease the rules relating to the collection and use of biometric data. What irked...more

EU: Privacy Shield on hold, model clauses under attack

In the latest (although not unexpected) blow to the Privacy Shield, the European Parliament has passed a resolution stating that the European Commission should renegotiate the Privacy Shield to seek improvements beyond the...more

Proposed Amendment to Illinois Law Would Have Changed Shape of Biometric Privacy Litigation

Late last week, the Illinois state senate considered an amendment tacked onto to an unrelated bill that would have revised the Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act, a law that has been the subject of much debate and...more

Uncertainty Increases Around EU-U.S. Data Flows

Two recent developments have significantly increased the already uncertain legal landscape surrounding transatlantic data flows. Earlier today, the EU Parliament voted out a resolution calling on the European Commission (EU...more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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