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What Happens When My Company Receives a National Security Letter? A Primer

Even today, most companies—even technology companies—do not think they have information that the U.S. Government wants or needs, particularly as it might relate to a national security investigation. The reality is that as...more

DOJ Charges Defense Contractor with Removal and Retention of Classified Materials

The Department of Justice (DOJ) yesterday announced that it has charged a Maryland man, Harold Thomas Martin III with theft of government property and unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials by a government...more

Is Chinese Investment in the U.S. Film and Entertainment Industry the Next Area of CFIUS Scrutiny?

U.S. lawmakers recently submitted a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) raising concerns about increased Chinese investments in the U.S. film and entertainment industry and questioning whether the Committee...more

Madeleine Albright Writes About Her Experience as a Refugee

Former U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, sent the below message to the White House ahead of President Obama’s remarks at a U.N. Refuge Summit: I came to the United States as a refugee when I was 11 years old....more

New Foreign Investment Control of UK Critical Infrastructure Projects

Changes will align the UK’s policy framework for ownership and control of critical infrastructure with other major economies. On 15 September 2016, the UK Government announced its delayed approval of the proposed...more

Congress Releases Unclassified Summary on Snowden/NSA Leak

On September 15, 2016, the House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee released its summary findings of a two-year investigation concerning the unauthorized disclosures made by former National Security Agency (NSA)...more

EU Commission President's State of the Union Address 2016: Main takeaways

On Wednesday, 14 September 2016, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker addressed the European Parliament in his annual 'State of the Union' speech. The State of Union address, which is delivered...more

How to Respond to National Security Letters That Ask for Personal Information

National Security Letters (“NSLs”) refer to a collection of statutes that authorize certain government agencies to obtain information and simultaneously impose a secrecy obligation upon the recipient of the letter. Four...more

Reported Clearance of ChemChina’s $43 Billion Deal for Syngenta Underscores Need for Chinese Companies to Take a Proactive...

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which reviews transactions for potential national-security issues, has reportedly cleared state-owned China National Chemical Corp.’s (ChemChina) planned $43...more

Espionage and Export Controls: The iPhone Hack Highlights The New World of Warfare

Last week, researchers at Citizen Lab uncovered sophisticated new spyware that allowed hackers to take complete control of anyone’s iPhone, turning the phone into a pocket-spy to intercept communications, track movements and...more

What You Need to Know About Mergers and Acquisitions Involving Government Contractors and Their Suppliers: Volume IX –...

Last month, we discussed the extent to which a foreign buyer can introduce an unacceptable level of foreign ownership, control, or influence (“FOCI”) that, absent mitigation, will render the target ineligible for the facility...more

Investment Canada: Update from the Canadian Government on Foreign Investment Review

On August 4, 2016, the Director of Investments at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) issued the Investment Canada Act Annual Report for 2015-16 (the Report). The Report provides an overview of how the...more

What You Need to Know About Mergers and Acquisitions Involving Government Contractors and Their Suppliers: Volume VIII – Foreign...

Not every potential buyer is a U.S. corporation controlled by U.S. interests. It is important, both for the buyer and the seller, to understand the implications of foreign ownership, control, or influence (“FOCI”) on the...more

$6 Billion Chinese Acquisition Bid Submitted for CFIUS Review Serves as a Wake-Up Call for Companies to Evaluate and Mitigate...

In late July 2016, U.S. technology distributor Ingram Micro, Inc. (Ingram) announced that it would submit its pending $6 billion acquisition by Chinese shipping company Tianjin Tianhai Investment Co. Ltd. to the Committee on...more

Cybersecurity News & Notes – July 2016 #4

In Case You Missed It: U.S. Major party platforms address cybersecurity. The two major parties have released their 2016 election platforms, both of which include cybersecurity planks. The Republican platform’s perspective...more

The New Gold Standard for Building Performance - PEER

Electricity-grid vulnerabilities were deeply exposed in the wake of Superstorm Sandy and its associated storm surge, as a single outage at a substation caused a sweeping black-out across downtown Manhattan, New York. Making...more

Top takeaways from North American Leaders' Summit and Canada-Mexico state visit

This past week the North American Leaders' Summit (NALS) was held in Ottawa, Canada, with US President Barack Obama, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Prior to the summit,...more

DOJ Criminal Chief Continues Push For More Access To Encrypted Data

On June 6, 2016, during a speech at a Cybercrime Symposium co-organized by the Centers for Strategic and International Studies and the Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section,...more

CFIUS Actions Highlight Focus on Critical Technologies and Infrastructure

In its latest report to Congress, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), the US government's interagency body that vets foreign investment with national security implications, reported that it...more

The End of the “Safe Harbor” Rule for E.U./U.S. Data Transfer: How Can Companies Transfer Personal Data and Remain Compliant?

Directive 95/46/EC of 24 October 1995 - Articles 25 and 26 - The transfer of personal data to a third country is allowed: ..if the third country ensures an adequate level of protection; the Commission can...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

To Save Secrecy Lawsuit, Twitter Must Challenge DOJ’s Decision to Classify Surveillance Requests

This month, a federal judge dismissed Twitter’s lawsuit challenging limits on the disclosure of government requests for information on Twitter users, pressing the company to file an amended complaint contesting the...more

Controversy on Controversy: Developments in First Amendment Doctrine Respecting Compelled Commercial Disclosures

The First Amendment is well known as a limit on state power to restrain speech. Attempts to censor a newspaper, film, or video game, or to limit discussion in a public forum, are subject to the most exacting — and often...more

"Insights Conversations: Debunking CFIUS Myths"

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is a critical component of cross-border deals involving U.S. targets. The head of Skadden's CFIUS practice, Ivan Schlager, and Palo Alto corporate partner Ken...more

EU Data Protection Authorities: Privacy Shield needs more work

European Data Protection Authorities have announced that, in their view, further work is required to ensure the proposed EU-US Privacy Shield provides sufficient protection to European data transferred to the United...more

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