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Antitrust-Related Recent Developments: Terrell McSweeny Confirmed as FTC Commissioner, Congress Holds Hearings and FTC/DOJ Policy...

On April 9, 2014, the U.S. Senate confirmed Terrell McSweeny to serve as FTC Commissioner. Commissioner McSweeny will join Commissioners Edith Ramirez and Julie Brill as the third Democratic member of the five-member Federal...more

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Holds Hearing on Grid Reliability and Security

Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a standing-room only hearing titled “Keeping the lights on — Are we doing enough to ensure the reliability and security of the U.S. electric grid?” While...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

White House Big Data Initiative Seeks Public Comments On Privacy Issues

Last week, as part of the White House’s initiative on “big data” and privacy (led by John Podesta), the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy issued a request for information seeking public input regarding broad...more

The Download - February 2014

In this issue: - Heard on the Hill - Around the Agencies - White House Developments - Venable News - Excerpt from Heard on the Hill: Congress Holds Hearings on Preventing Data...more

NIST Issues Cybersecurity Framework

On February 12, 2014, the Obama administration released the "Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity" (the "Framework"), a voluntary cybersecurity framework developed by the National Institute of...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

White House Issues Cybersecurity Framework: “Phase I” Implementation Begins

On February 12, 2014, the White House unveiled its final Cybersecurity Framework 1.0 along with a new U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “Critical Infrastructure Cyber Community (C3) Voluntary Program.” This capped...more

House Committee Approves Cybersecurity Bill

On February 5, the House Homeland Security Committee unanimously approved H.R. 3696, the National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act of 2013 (the NCCIP). The NCCIP builds on many of the ideas set forth...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

NIST Issues Cybersecurity Framework 1.0 While Congress Increases Attention on Data Security and Cyber Crime

On Feb. 12, 2014, the National Institute for Standards and Technologies (NIST) released its final Cybersecurity Framework, meeting the one year deadline and anniversary of President Obama’s Executive Order and a Presidential...more

Cyber Law Tracker: A Year in the Making, White House Unveils Final Cybersecurity Framework

On Wednesday, February 12, the White House unveiled its new framework for American infrastructure to protect itself against cyberattack. That framework is the result of a yearlong project undertaken by the executive...more

White House Releases Voluntary Guidelines for Cybersecurity

On Wednesday, February 12, the White House released the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity. The Framework represents the culmination of a year-long private-sector led effort to create voluntary...more

Executive Branch acts on cybersecurity - what you need to know about this groundbreaking effort

Yesterday, the White House released the National Institute of Standards and Technology Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, which is a key step in the implementation of Executive Order 13636 on...more

Capital Thinking: Cybersecurity

Data Breach Issues - Last week, three Congressional Committees – the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, and the Senate Judiciary Committee – held hearings that...more

Health Care Reform Update -- February 10, 2014

In This Issue: Implementation of the Affordable Care Act; Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives; Other Congressional and State Initiatives; Other Health News; and Hearings and Mark-Ups Scheduled. Excerpt from...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

Congress Moves Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Bill

On Wednesday, the House Homeland Security Committee passed a substitute bill for H.R. 3696, the National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act of 2013. The committe substitute bill was broadly supported by...more

Capital Thinking: Technology and Communications

Senators Introduce Data Breach Legislation - Last Thursday, January 30, four Democratic senators introduced the Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2014, which would require the Federal Trade Commission to...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

Capital Thinking: Cybersecurity

Data Breach Hearings and Legislation - In response to the recent Target data breach which compromised the credit and debit card data of millions of customers, several committees will host hearings in the coming weeks to...more

In with the New, Part II: 2014 Privacy, Advertising and Digital Media Predictions

On the heels of 2014 predictions from the U.S.-based Of Digital Interest (ODI) editorial team, following are some predictions from our London-based editor, Rohan Massey...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

NIST Cybersecurity Framework Will Not Include Privacy Standards Appendix

On January 15, NIST updated the status of its efforts to finalize the voluntary Cybersecurity Framework directed by President Obama’s Executive Order 13636. According to the update, NIST expects to publish the final framework...more

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