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Border Searches of Your Electronic Devices — What Rights Do You Have?

The United States government has reported that border searches of electronic devices in the U.S. increased from 4,764 in 2015 to 23,877 in 2016. Because electronic devices have immense data storage capacity and can hold...more

Trump Budget Raises Questions about Approach to Cybersecurity

On Thursday, March 16, 2017, President Trump unveiled his “America First” budget blueprint. One of the most important quandaries for those in the cybersecurity world is how the proposal to reorganize the executive branch to...more

Congress, FCC Weigh Measures to Repeal ISP Privacy Rules

Last October, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved new privacy rules governing how Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are permitted to use and share its customers’ personal information. The rules have been...more

EU Commissioner - President Trump Set To Discuss Future Of Privacy Shield Accord

European Union (“EU”) Commissioner Vera Jourová will meet with U.S. President Donald Trump this month to discuss the future of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (“Privacy Shield”) accord which imposes obligations on U.S. companies...more

Don’t Rock the Vote: Helping State and Local Governments Fend Off Cyber Attacks

Voting in local, state and national elections could be viewed as a rudimentary form of social media, by which voters share their views and preferences via selection of a candidate or party platform. The distance between this...more

Bipartisan State Cyber Resiliency Act Will Help Local Governments Defend Against And Recover From Cyber Attacks

On March 2, 2017 lawmakers in both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives introduced the State Cyber Resiliency Act, which would give state, local, and tribal governments grants to boost cybersecurity protections. ...more

Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Bill was tabled in Parliament on 21 February 2017

Incidences of cybercrime and cybersecurity breaches are rapidly escalating, both internationally and in South Africa. South Africa is a target for cybercrime on the African continent, due to comparatively high internet...more

Proposed Federal Cybersecurity Regulations for Financial Institutions Face an Uncertain Future

Last year’s proposed comprehensive framework for cybersecurity rules for large financial institutions is suddenly facing an uncertain future. With the comment period having closed as of February 2017, the framework was facing...more

Spring has Sprung — and so have New York Cybersecurity Regs

The beginning of March, and a spell of unseasonably warm weather, graced the Northeast this week. So too did New York’s first-in-the-nation cybersecurity regulations. As we reported here in January, the initial launch of...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - February 2017

A Note from the Editors - Our February edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights and features a list of upcoming energy industry events throughout the nation. In Leaders in the News,...more

Chairman McCaul Warns The United States Is Falling Behind In Cyber War

At the 2017 RSA Conference held last week in San Francisco, California, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) was ominous in his assessment of the country’s efforts to deter cyber-attacks. In a...more

Cybersecurity Executive Order? – A Few Thoughts on Leaked “Drafts.”

More than two weeks ago, the President postponed issuing an executive order on cybersecurity. Since then, we’ve had no word from the White House on when he intends to sign it. However, two purported drafts of the order have...more

A Host of Biometric Privacy/Facial Recognition Bills Currently Circulating in State Legislatures

We’ve written extensively about the numerous lawsuits, dismissals and settlements surrounding the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). The statute, generally speaking, prohibits an entity from collecting,...more

Health Care E-Note - Februaury 2017

Ransomware: A Reportable Breach? In the past several years, a huge increase has occurred in the number of electronic attacks in the United States using ransomware, a form of malware that targets and encrypts critical...more

Make Cybersecurity Great Again? Cybersecurity Challenges — and Opportunities — for the Trump Administration

The Trump Administration has taken office at a time when cybersecurity has increasingly entered the public consciousness as a major challenge facing both the United States government and the business community. Cyberattacks...more

FDA Devices Center Issues Multiple Guidances in the Obama Administration’s Final Months

A flurry of regulatory activity preceded the transition in administration on January 20. Anticipating that the new administration would impose a regulatory slowdown, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s or the...more

Will European Privacy in the United States be Trumped?

In recent weeks there has been significant debate among commentators about whether Europeans’ privacy is becoming less protected in the US and what that may mean for the privacy protection arrangements between the EU and the...more

Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch on Data Privacy

Last month, the President announced his nomination of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch—a federal appeals court judge—to the Supreme Court. Gorsuch must still go through Senate confirmation hearings before officially becoming the ninth...more

Did U.S. executive order signal trouble for EU citizen privacy rights?

As President Trump settles into office, his administration has issued a flurry of executive orders aimed at reshaping the U.S. government. One order in particular may have a broader impact on global business than originally...more

What Will Trump’s Executive Order Do to U.S. Privacy Law and EU-U.S. Data Transfers?

On the third day of his presidency, President Trump signed an immigration-related executive order raising significant questions about the future of U.S. privacy law and EU-U.S. data transfers. The order, titled “Enhancing...more

Global Cybersecurity, Surveillance, and Privacy: The Obama Administration’s Conflicted Legacy

In the wake of Edward Snowden’s disclosures, the United States administration faced a daunting series of challenges on surveillance, cybersecurity, and privacy. Congress was reluctant to enact comprehensive legislation....more

Ajit Pai and the FCC’s Role in ISP Privacy Regulation under President Trump

On January 23, 2017, President Donald Trump named Ajit Pai as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). In his previous role as the senior Republican on the FCC under President Barack Obama, Mr. Pai was an...more

"Despite Aversion to Regulation, Trump May Expand Cybersecurity Efforts"

President Donald Trump’s statements to date on regulation in general and cybersecurity regulation in particular suggest a conflict between his desire to strengthen the country’s cybersecurity efforts and his general antipathy...more

Trump Executive Order Spooks Privacy Shield Adherents and Privacy Community

Data protection and privacy officials and interest groups across the globe produced a flurry of activity on social media this week. Countless tweets, blogs and articles have responded to President Trump’s executive order...more

Trump’s Executive Order Does Not Impact U.S. Privacy Shield Commitments

Last Wednesday, President Trump signed an immigration-related Executive Order (EO) titled “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States” that, among other things, removed the ability of federal agencies to...more

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