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Canada's Resource Revenue Transparency Rules Now in Force

Canada's new Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act was proclaimed in force today, in keeping with the federal Government's committed timeline. The Act imposes mandatory reporting requirements for each entity engaged in...more

Drone on Drones: Justice Department Drone Policy Emphasizes Privacy and Transparency

Federal agencies deploying surveillance drones in domestic airspace will be required to conduct annual privacy reviews, the Department of Justice announced last week. The new policy aims to require DOJ employees to assess the...more

How to Avoid Brown Act Violations When Discussing Litigation Issues

A nearly $400,000 severance deal struck between Pasadena Community College and its former president was nullified by a judge after determining that the deal was improperly discussed and finalized in closed session. A Los...more

WSJ: Whistleblowers Claim That SEC Bounty Program Lacks Transparency

On May 25, 2015, the Wall Street Journal published an article reporting that tipsters have found it difficult to collect financial awards from the SEC after filing whistleblower claims....more

How Transparent is Your Supply Chain? California AG Issues Guidance

After almost five years since passage, California’s Attorney General has finally produced guidance on The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010. With the Attorney General at last weighing in (the Resource Guide...more

The Continuing Evolution of the French Sunshine Act

Since the general disclosure rule for provider-manufacturer relationships in France was enacted into law on January 1, 2012, its compliance and enforcement have been a common point of discussion for health care professionals,...more

Websites Required to Post "About Us" Contact Info Under New Florida Law

Effective July 1, 2015, many websites will be required to comply with Florida’s new True Origin of Digital Goods Act. This Act adds Florida to the growing list of states with laws aimed at achieving transparency in online...more

Privacy Policy of Mobile Apps: No Standard for Transparency

In the standards set by the California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA) to developers of websites and mobile applications, websites and apps have to have their privacy policy clearly labeled, properly displayed, easy...more

The data protection sweep day on apps and websites addressed to children occurred on Tuesday!

On Tuesday, the Italian Data Protection Authority (Garante per la protezione dei dati personali, the “Italian DPA”) announced that, 28 privacy authorities across the world, members of the Global Privacy Enforcement Network,...more

FinCEN Eyes Real Estate Industry For Money Laundering Concerns

On May 6, FinCen Director Jennifer Calvery delivered remarks at the West Coast AML Forum, highlighting the agency’s increased focus to ensure transparency within the U.S. financial system. In her remarks, Calvery addressed...more

Medicare Part D Data Release Continues Transparency Trend

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently added to the trend toward greater health care data transparency by releasing data about the prescription drugs that physicians and other health care providers...more

China Proposes Framework for Public Participation in Environmental Policymaking and Enforcement

China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) has proposed “Measures for Public Participation in Environmental Protection (Trial)” (Measures), which lay out a variety of mechanisms for public participation in...more

California Franchise Tax Board Turns Over Tax Forms to Tax Analysts; Pays Attorney Fees

Last month, Reed Smith, acting for its client, Tax Analysts, struck a blow for transparent tax administration, by convincing the California Franchise Tax Board (the “FTB”) to disclose certain forms used by FTB auditors. In...more

Department of Labor Says "Transparent Government" Begins With...Transparent Data about Businesses?

We’ve reached almost the end of April, and the long delayed, new FLSA regulations are still percolating somewhere in deep inside the DOL. So what has the agency been up to instead? Last month, as part of the annual “Sunshine...more

Preventing Wage Secrecy in DC: Another Layer to the Regulatory Cake

On March 11, 2015, the District of Columbia's Wage Transparency Act of 2014 (the "Act") took effect.  The Act makes it unlawful for employers to prohibit employees from discussing their wages, and also prohibits employer...more

Compliance: It Starts With A Village

A few weeks ago I had Mike Kenealy, COO of Insiders Integrity engage in a Q and A on “Just ‘Say No’ to Bribery but Prepare First. A Front Line Story,”. Last week, Mike shared with me a pro-bono project that he had sA few...more

California Attorney General Seeks Supply Chain Transparency Information from Businesses

Recently, a number of large retail and manufacturing companies doing business in California may have been surprised to receive a letter from the California Attorney General asking them to demonstrate compliance with the...more

Buried in Budget: CBCA Amendments Proposed

The federal government’s recently released 2015 Budget (Budget) indicates that the government will be proposing amendments to the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA) relating to gender diversity, director elections,...more

What FCC’s Transparency Rule Means For Internet Privacy

There has been extensive coverage of the Federal Communication Commission’s new Open Internet Order, including questions about its ultimate fate, given pending court challenges. One element of the order that has not gotten...more

West Virginia Becomes Latest State to Adopt Asbestos Transparency Legislation

On March 15, 2015, West Virginia became the fourth state to enact legislation aimed at increasing transparency between the civil tort and asbestos bankruptcy trust systems. Senate Bill 411, also known as the Asbestos...more

China’s New Proposed Foreign Investment Law — What to Expect

On January 19, 2015, the Ministry of Commerce of China (“MOFCOM”) released a draft PRC Foreign Investment Law (the “FIL”) for public comment. Once adopted, the FIL would abolish the Law on Sino-Foreign Equity Joint Ventures...more

Rogue Agency or Champion of Consumers? House Votes for CFPB Transparency

A common complaint against the CFPB is that the agency wields too much power without enough accountability. House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling recently described the CFPB as “single most powerful and...more

California Legislators Seek to Mandate More Transparency and Accountability in Government

In the wake of various investigative reports and public scandals, three California lawmakers have proposed reform legislation aimed at providing greater transparency and accountability in government. Three separate bills, now...more

What Are Your Company's New Disclosure Obligations in China? – Potential Anti-Corruption Compliance Implications

In 2014, China adopted regulations intended to update and streamline company periodic reporting obligations. The regulations include a new obligation for compulsory interim disclosure of penalties imposed by PRC regulators...more

Central Register of Beneficial Ownership to be Introduced in the UK

On 26 March 2015, the United Kingdom Parliament passed into law the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (the “Act”). The Act will bring about a number of fundamental changes to UK company law including,...more

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