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Africa Update - January 2016 #4

Leading the News - Burundi - On January 22nd, during a visit to Bujumbura, the United Nations (U.N.) Security Council met with Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza to advocate for peace talks and the deployment of...more

Backdoors to encryption protocols vs. cybersecurity: weighing priorities in the U.S. and abroad

With the revelations that the Paris and San Bernardino attackers used encrypted communications to recruit, communicate and plan their attacks, the U.S. government is again pushing the tech industry to provide it backdoor...more

Iran Sanctions Implementation Day: Engaging in Business in Iran through Foreign Subsidiaries?

On January 16, 2016, various iterations of "Iran Sanctions Lifted" appeared in the headlines. Taking this quote literally, the assumption is that the doors are now open to freely engage in business with Iran. A closer look,...more

The Visa Waiver Program – Know Before You Go

Almost everyone who enters the U.S. for business visits must either (a) have a B-1 visa (which may include a B1/B2 visa) or (b) be eligible to enter without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program. If you have a...more

Changes to the Visa Waiver Program

In the aftermath of the Paris and San Bernardino attacks, the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) was amended significantly on December 18, 2015, when the enactment of the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 2029) was signed...more

Encryption: The Battle Between Privacy and Counterterrorism

For privacy advocates, it is universally accepted that encryption is a very good thing. After all, encrypted data is deemed a safe harbor under HIPAA and state breach-notification laws, providing an “out” from potential fines...more

When Accidents are Deliberate

2015 was among the safest years in history for airline passengers. Globally, the industry experienced 1 crash for every 5 million flights. This is the lowest it has been in 70 years. While the decreased fatality rate is...more

Africa Update - January 2016 #3

Leading the News - Burkina Faso - On January 15th, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility for a string of attacks in Burkina Faso that took the lives of 29 civilians from at least seven...more

Visa Waiver Program Changes Now Being Implemented

VWP nationals who have visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria since March 1, 2011, or who hold dual nationality with one of the countries are no longer eligible for the VWP....more

Post-Paris and San Bernandino: The EEOC Weighs In on Anti-Muslim Workplace Discrimination

In the wake of Paris and San Bernandino, the EEOC has issued new “Questions and Answers” for employers concerning workers who are, or are perceived to be, Muslim or Middle Eastern. The agency issued companion questions and...more

Africa Update - January 2016 #2

Leading the News - Burundi - On January 12th, the Burundian Justice Ministry indicated the verdict on the trial of former Defense Minister Cyrille Ndayirukiye and 27 others accused of plotting the failed coup...more

United States and Cuba Launch Talks Over Property Claims

On December 8, the United States and Cuba met for the first talks on a variety of property claims that arose over the last 66 years. The meeting, which occurred a year after the bilateral announcement by Presidents Obama and...more

New Restrictions on Visa Waiver Program/ESTA

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has begun the process of implementing changes to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) after President Obama signed into law the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel...more

Online Terrorism Reporting Act Revived In Light Of San Bernardino Shootings

Within hours after a pair of shooters killed fourteen people in San Bernardino, California, reports emerged that one of the perpetrators had sworn allegiance to ISIS immediately before the attack. In the week following,...more

EEOC Issues a Statement by Chair Jenny R. Yang to Address Workplace Discrimination Against Individuals Who Are, or Are Perceived...

WASHINGTON -- In the wake of tragic events at home and abroad, EEOC urges employers and employees to be particularly mindful of instances of harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in the workplace against vulnerable...more

Africa Update - December 2015 #3

Leading the News - Libya: On December 11th, the new United Nations (U.N.) Special Representative for Libya Martin Kobler announced the parties to the country’s political dialogue process reached an agreement to...more

Back-Door Access to Encrypted Communications: Weakening Security to Improve Security?

Last month’s terror attacks in Paris have re-ignited the long-standing debate between national security and privacy advocates over whether technology companies should be required to provide the government special access to...more

A Brief Legal Guide for Local Public Officials in Responding to Terrorist Attacks

There are just some legal matters that should not be put off — and sorting out the legal authority local public officials have in responding to a terrorist attack is one such matter. Once the attack is already underway, it’s...more

Africa Update - December 2015 #2

Leading the News - Libya - On December 4th, international media reported that French military aircraft have flown reconnaissance and intelligence missions over Libya, including areas controlled by the Islamic State...more

Marketplace Lending and San Bernardino

Reports show that the San Bernardino shooter took out an online marketplace loan a few weeks prior to the attacks. Despite the terrorists resorting to marketplace lending, I do not believe there is anything that could have...more

Loan to San Bernardino Attacker Generates New Focus on Online Marketplace Lending and Terrorism Financing

News that an online marketplace lender extended a $28,500 loan to Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the alleged San Bernardino attackers, just two weeks before the attack, has spurred House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb...more

Paris and San Bernardino Terror Invites Tighter Restrictions on Visa Free Travel to the U.S.

On Tuesday, December 8, 2015, The House of Representative overwhelmingly passed a bill imposing new restrictions on the current Visa Waiver Program (VWP), which permits citizens of 38 participating countries to travel to the...more

House Passes Bill Enhancing Security of Visa Waiver Program in Wake of Paris Terror Attacks

In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday, December 8, 2015, to tighten security measures and impose new restrictions on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The VWP...more

K Visa Process

The press has been reporting that the woman who carried out the San Bernardino massacre with her husband came to the U.S. last year on a K visa, raising questions about whether the K visa process can adequately vet people who...more

Post Paris and San Bernardino Attacks: Visa Policies Under More Scrutiny

The recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino are going to result in increased security checks for visa applicants at U.S. consular posts. We also anticipate Congress to at least review the Visa Waiver Program for potential...more

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