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Guidance on EU-US Data Flow Delayed by New Terrorist Threats in Brussels

On November 25, 2015, the Article 29 Working Party (the advisory body on data protection and privacy composed of representatives from the national data protection authorities of all EU Member States) was to meet in Brussels...more

ISIS Cyber-attacks On U.S. Infrastructure

At GridSecCon last week, FBI cyber division chief John Riggi announced that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (“ISIS”) attempted to hack American power companies, but failed. Riggi acknowledges the growing concern of...more

Africa Update - October 2015 #2

Leading the News - Libya: On October 8th, The Washington Post provided an update on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) activities in Sirte, Libya. Since taking hold of Sirte earlier this year, ISIL...more

The Collection of Passenger Data - Draft Directive Back on Schedule

The EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) Directive has had a turbulent ride: it was first proposed in 2011, rejected in 2013 by the Civil Liberties Committee and discussions suspended a year later. It was then revived in the...more

Africa Update - September 2015 #5

Leading the News - Burkina Faso: On September 25th, the United Nations (U.N.) Security Council issued a statement welcoming the reinstatement of President Michel Kafando and the transitional authorities of Burkina...more

Africa Update - September 2015

Leading the News: South Sudan - On August 27th, emergency relief teams from the United Nations (U.N.) Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) reached more than 27,000 people in the town of Wau...more

Also In the News - Data, Privacy, & Security Practice Report - August 2015

King & Spalding Client Alert On Unprecedented Hacking And Trading Scheme — On August 11, 2015, prosecutors in the District of New Jersey and the Eastern District of New York unsealed indictments against several individuals...more

White House Hostage Policy Leaves Risk on Table for Third Parties

Last month, the White House announced a change in its policy toward overseas hostage-takings of U.S. citizens. The new policy, accompanied by an Executive Order, aims to effect policy changes at home and overseas, including a...more

Africa Update - July 2015 #4

Leading the News - Burundi: On July 19th, representatives of the Burundian Government failed to appear for talks backed by the East African Community (EAC) aimed at ending the unrest caused by President Pierre...more

House Judiciary Committee: Don’t Bank on Immigration Reform

On July 14, 2015, the House Judiciary Committee met to discuss oversight of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Immigration was a major topic alongside border security and global threats of terrorism,...more

U.S. Rescinds Cuba’s Designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism

On May 29, 2015, the Secretary of State rescinded Cuba’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism. This development unfolds in the wake of President Obama’s December 2014 announcement to improve relations with Cuba, when...more

Sanctions Round-Up: First Quarter 2015

In this edition: - US and EU continue targeting Russia for its activity in Ukraine - Cuba-related regulatory reforms announced - P5+1 and Iran reach framework agreement - US enforcement actions:...more

Who’s Winning in the Battle Between Privacy and Security? The State of Surveillance Law in Europe

In recent years, there has been an ongoing struggle between privacy and security, with many governments looking to increase their surveillance powers in the name of fighting terrorism and protecting the population. Following...more

Supreme Court Decides Department of Homeland Security v. MacLean

On January 21, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Department of Homeland Security v. MacLean, holding that an Air Marshal was entitled to whistleblower status after disclosing plans to remove Air Marshals from certain...more

Congress Finally Enacts Chemical Facility Security Legislation

In a rare bipartisan gesture, on December 11, 2014, the House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 4007, the “Protecting and Securing Chemicals Facilities from Terrorist Attacks Act of 2014” (“Act”), which the Senate...more

Bank of Italy warns on Bitcoin and its illegal usage

Bitcoin and its potential usage as part of money laundering crimes as well as of crimes associated with terrorism has been the subject of concerns raised by the UIF, the harm of the Bank of Italy dedicated, among others, to...more

China Update - June 2014 #2

In This Issue: - Quote of the Week - U.S.-China Relations - China News - Energy & Environment and Trade - Excerpt from U.S.-China Relations: 6th Round of the US-China Strategic and...more

No-Fly List Ruled Unconstitutional

On June 24th, a federal judge in Oregon ruled that the government’s no-fly list, which seeks to prevent people with suspected terrorism ties from traveling to or within the United States, is unconstitutional. The lawsuit was...more

Air Marshal Whistleblower v. TSA: Supreme Court to Blow Final Whistle

On July 25, 2014, the U.S. Government will submit its opening brief to the Supreme Court in the decade-long battle that began when the Transportation Security Administration (“TSA”) terminated former air marshal-turned...more

Protecting The Nation’s Food Supply From Terrorist Attacks: FDA Proposes New Rule

In This Issue: - What Is Required - Exemptions - For More Information - Excerpt from What Is Required: Every facility not exempted from this proposed rule must prepare and implement a Food Defense...more

FDA Proposal Seeks to Prevent Food Terrorism

As FDA implements the various sections of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) through rulemaking, the agency continues to convey a pragmatic approach complicated by regulatory reality. With its latest proposal, FDA...more

Ninth Circuit Upholds Discipline Of Student For Off-Campus, Online Threat Of School Shooting

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals joined a growing number of federal courts of appeals that have addressed when public schools can discipline students for off-campus, online misconduct. The case involved multiple threats by...more

Zero Tolerance Gone Too Far: When Does A Facebook Comment Cross The Line Into A Threat?

Sometimes, when you read the basics of a story, it sounds so incredulous, you think “surely, there has to be more to it.” ...more

New Law To Assess Iranian Activities in the Americas

The U.S. Government has taken yet another step to counter the threat of Iran-sponsored terrorism, this time focusing on Iran’s direct activities in the Western Hemisphere. On December 28, 2012, President Barack Obama signed...more

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