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The Admiral Sets A Good Course

Admiral Mike Rogers, the new leader of the National Security Agency and Cyber Command at the Defense Department, certainly has taken a different approach from his predecessor, General Keith Alexander. Right out of the gate,...more

SEC: The New Cyber-Cop

It seems scarcely a week goes by without a headline blaring news of a major cybersecurity breach. And with ongoing revelations about the data-tracking activities of the National Security Agency, the public isn’t growing less...more

Getting To The Real Issue On The Senate Subcommittee's Advertising Report

The "Security" Part - When reading the Majority and Minority Staff Report from the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations ("The Subcommittee") regarding the "Hidden Hazards to Consumer Security and Data Privacy" was...more

Newsletters - Feb 28, 2014: The Elevator Speech Overview

The U.S. House and Senate were both in session this past week, returning from a week long work period in district. The National Governors Association (NGA) met in Washington DC for their annual winter meeting, discussing...more

Personal Data Transfers from the European Economic Area: Binding Corporate Rules Emerge as Increasingly Attractive Option

It is difficult to recall a time when the issue of personal data transfers from the European Economic Area ("EEA") has been as widely and hotly debated as it has over the past year or so. Significant movements during the past...more

Obama’s European Privacy Headache

Since the revelations of Edward Snowden, there has been a wave of data privacy repercussions in Europe. Snowden, the former CIA employee and US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, disclosed top secret NSA documents...more

Whitepaper roundup: Privacy, copyright, and digital advertising

Readers seem to have liked our post about the recent GAO report that summarized the U.S. data privacy debate. For those interested in Internet law and policy issues, there are plenty of other official reports that you can use...more

Looking Outside the Prism: How Safe are Data Transfers?

When former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden, leaked documents disclosing the NSA’s mass surveillance programme, known as PRISM, he re-invigorated the debate on, and the media interest in, the validity of the current safeguards...more

Snowden, Drones, and Downton Abbey: Musings of a Privacy Professional for 2014

The year ahead promises to be one full of interesting and provocative legal cases involving privacy and data security....more

International Privacy - 2013 Year in Review - European Union

Outside of the EU, concerns continue after the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaks demonstrated issues related to U.S. handling of European data. Beginning in July, 2013, the ongoing Transatlantic Trade and Investment...more

Trade Secrets Watch 2013 Year-In-Review

It’s been a hot year in the trade secrets field, with some huge verdicts and settlements, a renewed spotlight on cyberattacks, and an unusual flurry of trade secrets legislation. Trade Secrets Watch’s 2013 Year-in-Review...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - December 2013

In This Issue: - European Commission Proposes Changes to the US-EU Safe Harbor: In our November Privacy & Cybersecurity Update,1 we reported that the European Commission was undertaking a review of the U.S.-EU...more

Privacy Monday – November 18, 2013

The month of November is quickly slipping by – this is the time to be looking at the 2014 cybersecurity and data privacy goals and updates and planning ahead. Our selected bits and bytes for this Monday...more

The Draft EU General Data Protection Regulation: Where We Are Now and Where We Are Going

On October 25, 2013, the European Council concluded that the new Data Protection Framework should be adopted in a timely manner in order to strengthen consumer and business trust in Europe’s digital economy. The Council did,...more

Capital Thinking: Defense

Defense Authorization, Budget And the Sequester - The Fiscal 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) (S.1197) is expected to come to the floor on Wednesday, November 13. The Military Justice Improvement Act (S....more

Proposed Amendment to EU Privacy Regulations May Force Choice Between Violating US and EU Law

On Monday, October 21, 2013, the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) voted to approve an amended version of the proposed EU General Data Protection Regulations. Included in the...more

New EU Data Protection Regulation – Do you move data across borders? Read this post.

As also reported yesterday by our colleagues Emma Thomas and Jim Halpert, last October, 21 the EU Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee (LIBE) has approved a compromise set of amendments to the EU Data Protection...more

Washington Focus – Post-Labor Day

CYBERSECURITY - Cybersecurity continues to be a high priority for both Congress and the Administration in 2013. After President Obama issued Executive Order 13636, Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, the...more

Week in Review - July 11, 2013

When news broke about the NSA surveillance program, privacy became a hot topic. This week, the debate about how to maintain privacy in the digital age continues with Facebook's recent release of its Graph Search function to...more

Not Your Average Asylum Seeker: Avoiding Extradition Snowden Style

Edward Snowden, the former technical contractor for the National Security Agency who caused quite a sensation by disclosing highly classified documents that reveal the existence and scope of the United States government’s...more

Banking And Financial Services E-Note - January 24, 2013

In This Issue: - Fed Governor Seeks to Regulate Banks Beyond Dodd-Frank - Small Banks Worry of "Walmartization" from Dodd-Frank Act - FDIC Passes Appraisal Standards for Higher-Risk Mortgages - Community Banks...more

This Week in Washington - January 11, 2013

In This Issue: - DOMESTIC POLICY MATTERS - Congress is in recess this week. The House returns on Monday, and the Senate returns January 21st. Debt Ceiling, Budget & the Economy. The President’s Fiscal...more

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