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How Can Yahoo E-Mail Scanning Impact the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield?

Reuters reported earlier this month that, according to three former employees, Yahoo Inc. had “complied with a classified U.S. government demand, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo mail accounts at the behest of the NSA...more

Asia-Pacific Data Flow

On October 19, the US Department of Commerce and the Personal Information Protection Commission of Japan announced their commitment to expand the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Cross Border Privacy Rules (CBPR)...more

U.S. Commerce Department Releases Updated Report Showing Intellectual Property-Intensive Industries Contribute $6.6 Trillion and...

The U.S. Commerce Department recently released a comprehensive report, entitled “Intellectual Property and the U.S. Economy: 2016 Update” (the “Report”). The Report, which was co-authored by the Economics & Statistics...more

Update on Life Sciences Exports to Iran and Sudan

On September 28, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) at the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued its Biennial Report of Licensing Activities Pursuant to the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000,...more

The U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control Ends Its ‘Burma Sanctions Program’

On 7 October 2016, the United States Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) ended all economic and financial sanctions with respect to Myanmar (referred to by OFAC as Burma). The move had been...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - October 2016

The WTO Opens Its Doors for the 15th Annual Public Forum - For the fifteenth time, the World Trade Organization (WTO) hosted its annual Public Forum in Geneva to provide a platform for an exchange of views among...more

The New European Union-U.S. Data Privacy Shield…Is It Right for You?

U.S. companies with transatlantic operations should carefully balance the need to transfer personal data about European customers and employees from Europe to the U.S. in light of the increased burdens and cost of compliance...more

ITC Votes to Impose Duties on Steel Imports

In September, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) made affirmative determinations that imports of cold-rolled and hot-rolled steel flat products from several countries injure or threaten to injure U.S. producers of...more

Important Changes to Export Administration Regulations Affecting Software Industry

On September 20, 2016, the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued a Final Rule, revising 58 Export Classification Control Numbers (ECCNs), adding two ECCNs, and updating technical definitions in...more

US Implements Regulation Changes for Encryption Products, Software and Technology

On September 20, 2016, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the U.S. Commerce Department amended the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the list of goods, software and technology that are controlled under the...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: September 2016 #2

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: the GAO’s latest report on the conflict minerals rule; a civil...more

Commerce Report Shows Impressive Job Growth Thanks to U.S. Exports

The Commerce Department issued great news for exporters and American workers last week. According to Commerce’s report, Jobs Supported by Export Destination 2015, American jobs supported by U.S. exports to current free trade...more

U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness Publishes Report on Reforming the Capital Markets

On September 12, 2016, the United States Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness hosted a webinar to discuss the policy recommendations outlined in its report titled “A Plan to Reform America’s...more

The Early Days of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield: Should Your Organization Self-Certify?

On August 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Commerce began accepting self-certification applications for the new EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. In the month that has followed over 100 companies (including Microsoft, Oracle...more

The Privacy Shield: September 30, 2016, Deadline for Early Self-Certification Offers Compliance Opportunity and Risk

The European Commission recently determined that the Privacy Shield Framework is adequate to legitimize data transfers under EU law, providing a replacement for the Safe Harbor program. The Privacy Shield is designed to...more

War of the World Wide Webs: D.C. Circuit Refuses Terror Victims’ Attempt to Seize Internet Domain Names

In early August, the D.C. Circuit refused to allow victims of terror attacks to take control of the Internet domain names of Iran, North Korea, and Syria as a means of satisfying previous money judgments awarded to the...more

Receiving Data from Europe: The EU-US Privacy Shield

The European Union ("EU") recently announced that the new EU-US Privacy Shield Agreement ("Privacy Shield") is adequate to meet EU data privacy requirements and allow for the transfer of personal data from the EU to the US in...more

ICO Reminds Organisations of EU-U.S. Personal Data Transfer Obligations

The Interim Deputy Commissioner at the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”), Steve Wood, has published a blog reminding organisations of their obligations when transferring personal data to the United States, pursuant to...more

Department Of Commerce Agency Seeks Standards For IoT Security

On August 2, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (“NTIA”), an agency of the Department of Commerce, announced that it would form a multi-stakeholder group to increase transparency for the deployment...more

CBP Releases New Regulations on Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duty Evasion, Which Take Immediate Effect

CBP has released the highly anticipated AD/CV duty evasion regulations, which promulgate an administrative procedure for investigating AD/CV duty evasion allegations that CBP must follow. The regulations will undoubtedly...more

IRS Publishes List of Countries Requiring Cooperation with an International Boycott

Non-listed countries can also present compliance issues under both IRS and Commerce Department Requirements. On August 5, the US Department of the Treasury’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published in the Federal...more

Second Continuation of General License for Exports, Reexports, and Transfers to ZTE

For the second time, the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is extending the general license for exports, reexports (shipments from one foreign country to another foreign country), and...more

The EU’s Data Transfer “Privacy Shield”—Full Body Armor or a Candle in the Wind?

With the August 1st start of the Privacy Shield, the European Commission’s new and long-awaited transatlantic data transfer agreement with the U.S., businesses that had previously relied on the invalidated Safe Harbor scheme...more

Privacy Shield's Day After

Every generation eventually reaches a point (some might call it “early middle age”) where its formative years become the focus of widespread nostalgia. As indicated by the success of the recent Star Wars sequel and numerous...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - August, 2016

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: - Department of Commerce Now Accepting Privacy Shield - Self-Certifications: A Primer for Compliance and Self-Certification We’ve mentioned many times...more

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