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House Passes Three Bipartisan Cybersecurity Bills to Protect Critical Infrastructure

On July 28, 2014, the House of Representatives passed three bills aimed at enhancing the cybersecurity efforts of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in certain critical infrastructure sectors, including the energy...more

Capital Thinking: Cybersecurity

Legislative Branch Activity - House Cybersecurity Legislation - This week, the House will consider four pieces of cybersecurity legislation on the floor including the National Cybersecurity and Critical...more

Brazil Enacts "Internet Bill of Rights," Including Net Neutrality and Privacy Protections

Brazil’s long-debated “Internet Bill of Rights” has finally become law. The legislation, which passed the Brazilian Senate unanimously in April, is intended to secure equality of access to the Internet in Brazil—i.e., Net...more

White House Big Data Review Addresses Discrimination, Privacy Risks

On May 1, the White House’s working group on “big data” and privacy published a report on the findings of its 90-day review. In addition to considering privacy issues associated with big data, the group assessed the...more

Legislature drops forced localization provision as Brazil moves ahead Bill of Law for internet civil rights framework

Brazil’s Marco Civil da Internet, the Bill of Law establishing a civil rights framework for the Internet, has been approved by the Brazilian House of Representatives. Next, it will be submitted to Brazil’s Senate,...more

Bill of law on Internet-related matters is voted in Brazil

The so-called “Marco Civil da Internet” (i.e. the Bill of Law 2,126/2011, which establishes a civil rights framework for the Internet) was voted and approved by the Brazilian House of Representatives (Câmara dos Deputados)...more

FRANCE: The CNIL adopts new rules on whistleblowing, simplifying significantly hotline implementation in France

In a decision published on February 11, 2014, the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL) has for the first time adopted truly sweeping changes to its Single Authorization No. 004 on Whistleblowing....more

Whistleblowing and Data Privacy in France: A New Pragmatic Approach for Employment and Discrimination Claims

The French data protection authority has extended the scope of whistleblowing protections to employment and discrimination claims. ...more

The Transformation of the Workplace Through Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Automation

In This Report: - Explanation And Scope Of This Preliminary Littler Report - Introduction - Workplace LAW Challenges And Solutions - A. Human Displacement - B. Union And Non-Union...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

Presidential Review Group Report on NSA Spying: Liberty and Security in a Changing World

Full-text copy of "Liberty and Security in a Changing World," the 300-page report and recommendations of the group tasked by President Obama with reviewing the National Security Administration’s systematic collection of...more

Week in Review - November 27, 2013

Social media and technology seem to be doing more harm than good in the workplace this week. A new study suggests that some employers may be using Facebook profiles to discriminate against job applicants based on legally...more

No Right of Privacy for Bikini-Clad Image on Facebook

The use at a seminar on internet safety of a picture of a 17-year-old bikini-clad student taken from her Facebook page by a school district technology director did not violate the student’s right to privacy under federal law,...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

Don't Ask Me to Be Your Facebook Friend--New Social Media Law in Colorado

Employees reveal a lot of personal information on social media, which opens lively debates about whether and how employers can access that information. A new Colorado statute significantly limits employer's access by making...more

OCR Wants Feedback From Audited Covered Entities

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is preparing to conduct an online survey of the 115 covered entities it audited in 2012 as part of the HITECH-mandated, pilot audit program. OCR hopes to use the survey results to evaluate...more

European Parliament Committee on Industry, Research and Energy publish opinion on the proposed General Data Protection Regulation

Following the lead of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), which already released its draft report (see our prior blog), 20 February, the European Parliament Committee on Industry, Research and...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

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SCOTUS Dismisses Federal Wiretapping Challenge

Full text copy of Supreme Court's dismissal of lawsuit challenging federal wiretapping program. On Tuesday, February 26, 2013, a divided Court dismissed a challenge to the FISA Amendments Act, which permits federal...more

Full Text: Preserving American Privacy Act (PAPA)

Full text copy of the Preserving American Privacy Act (PAPA) sponsored and introduced by Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-California) and Ted Poe (R-Texas) to "provide for a legal framework for the operation of public unmanned...more

President Obama's Executive Order: "Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity"

Full text copy of President Obama's executive order calling for greater protections against cybersecurity risks, as mentioned in his Feb 12, 2013, State of the Union address. The order is meant to bring more security and...more

A Detailed Analysis of Changes to HIPAA and the Implications for Healthcare Providers and Others in the Healthcare Industry: GINA

Background: GINA prohibits discrimination based on an individual’s genetic information in both the employment and health coverage contexts. In 2009, HHS published a notice of proposed rulemaking to strengthen the privacy...more

HIPAA Omnibus Regulations: Protections for Genetic Information

Today’s post focuses on the treatment of genetic information under the new regulations for the Privacy and Security Rules of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Ogletree Deakins has...more

Geolocational Privacy Law Evolved Slowly in 2012

The law of geolocational privacy continued to evolve in 2012 even though the Supreme Court sidestepped the issue in a potential landmark case. Despite the lack of clarity from the Supreme Court, there will be more...more

Be Prepared: Redline Version of the HIPAA/HITECH Final Rule

The final rule is significant for any organization that is considered to be a HIPAA covered entity (“CE”) (health systems, health care providers, health plans, etc.) or the more broadly defined business associate (“BA”)....more

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