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Russian Lawmakers Move to Be Able to Ban Use of VPNs and Similar Access Tools

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Russia has adopted a new law further toughening the country’s Internet-blocking regime and introducing a number of restrictive measures applicable to intermediaries providing access to blocked websites, IT networks, and...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

AG Elections- 2017 Virginia Attorney General and New Jersey Governor Election Results- In Virginia’s AG race, Democrat incumbent AG Mark Herring defeated Republican John Adams by a margin of 53.3% to 46.7%. Virginia’s...more

Businesses Operating in the Garden State Brace For NJ Governor Murphy

by Reed Smith on

Democrat Phil Murphy has been elected as the next Governor of the State of New Jersey. Murphy comes in to the office with a double-digit victory over departing lieutenant governor Kim Guadagno (R), and the backing of a state...more

Legislators Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Help Limit Foreign Interference In Elections

by King & Spalding on

On October 19, 2017, a bipartisan group of federal legislators introduced legislation to increase transparency of and accountability in online political advertisements in order to limit foreign interference in US elections....more

Article 29 Working Party Issues Guidance on Breach-Notification Obligations under GDPR

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Article 29 Working Party (WP29) recently issued guidelines regarding data controllers' notification obligations following security breaches involving the personal data of EU citizens....more

Healthcare Cyber: House Inquiry Targets Medical Software

In its latest inquiry into cybersecurity risks in the healthcare sector, the House Energy and Commerce Committee last week requested a “formal briefing” from medical transcription vendor Nuance Communications, Inc. concerning...more

22 Million Comments Tell FCC Battle Over Net Neutrality Is Not Over

by Perkins Coie on

Last year, the contentious net neutrality debate appeared to be finally settled when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order.[1] But in May, the FCC launched...more

Alabama Adopts New Law Governing Virtual Currency Transactions

This month a new law governing virtual currency and online transactions went into effect in Alabama. The Alabama Monetary Transmission Act was passed by the legislature in May and replaces the “Sale of Checks Act” which had...more

Germany Publishes English Version of its National GDPR Implementation Act

by Hogan Lovells on

The German Ministry of Interior affairs has published an English translation of the new Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz – BDSG). On 27 April 2017 the German Parliament passed the BDSG in order to make use...more

Russia Passes Measures to Restrict the Use of VPNs and Similar Technology

by Dechert LLP on

Russian President Vladimir Putin has recently signed into law certain amendments to Federal Law No.149-FZ on Information, Information Technologies and Protection of Information (the “IT Law”). The measures introduced by Law...more

Four New Risks Under China’s New Cybersecurity Law for Companies With Cross-Border IT Networks

by Kobre & Kim on

Companies operating in China that keep data offshore face great uncertainty under China’s new cybersecurity law, which came into effect June 1. The law imposes cybersecurity and data privacy requirements on two...more

Nevada Implements Law that Requires Notice for Collection of Personal Information

Nevada has become the third state in the Union to adopt a law that requires operators of websites and online services to provide notice to consumers who are Nevada residents of their practices around the collection and...more

Maryland Amends Data Breach Notification Law

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Maryland General Assembly recently amended the Maryland Personal Information Protection Act to expand the definition of personal information, provide a 45-day timeframe for providing notice of a breach, allow for...more

Nevada Becomes the Third State to Enact Website Privacy Notification Law

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Not everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Starting on October 1, 2017, a new Nevada privacy law will require certain website owners and operators to publish a notice regarding their privacy policies, disclosing to...more

Privacy Hat Trick: Three New State Laws to Juggle

Nevada, Oregon and New Jersey recently passed laws focusing on the collection of consumer information, serving as a reminder for advertisers, retailers, publishers and data collectors to keep up-to-date, accurate and...more

Connecticut Releases Cybersecurity Strategy

On July 10, 2017, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy released Connecticut Cybersecurity Strategy, that outlines seven key principles to assist with strengthening efforts to protect the state’s cybersecurity defenses for...more

State Governors Sign Cybersecurity Compact

by Williams Mullen on

The National Governors Association (NGA), recently announced that 38 governors had signed “A Compact to Improve State Cybersecurity.” In announcing the Compact, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, outgoing chair of the NGA,...more

DOJ Places Website Rulemaking on the “Inactive” List

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Trump Administration’s first Unified Agenda reveals DOJ has placed web accessibility, medical equipment, and furniture rulemakings under Title II and III of the ADA on Inactive List....more

DSM Watch: On your marks! Deadline for EU online Portability Regulation compliance is 20 March 2018

by Hogan Lovells on

In our 21 June blog we reported that the text of this, the first legislative proposal published by the Commission under the Digital Single Market strategy banner, had been finalised by the European Parliament and Council. ...more

Political Polarization in a Programmatic World

In an era of heightened political awareness and division, brands are more and more sensitive to the nature of the content where their online ads are displayed. In an era of ever-increasing dominance of programmatic...more

Giving Telemedicine More Room to Breathe: Recent and Pending State and Federal Actions in the World of Online Prescribing

On October 18, 2008, the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act of 2008 (the “Haight Act”) came into law as the federal government’s first attempt to address the public health risks associated with online...more

Illinois “Geolocation Privacy Protection Act” Passes Both Houses, Headed to Governor’s Desk

by WilmerHale on

On Tuesday, June 27, the Illinois legislature passed HB 3449, the “Geolocation Privacy Protection Act.” If signed by Governor Bruce Rauner (R), the bill would prohibit a “private entity” from collecting, using, storing or...more

Queen Announces New UK Data Protection Bill

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Following the commencement of the Brexit negotiations earlier this week, the Queen announced in her Speech [yesterday] a new law that will “ensure the United Kingdom retains its world-class regime protecting personal...more

Messaging Apps May Face New Obligations in Russia

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The State Duma, Russia’s lower chamber of Parliament, has adopted amendments to the Federal Law on Information, Information Technologies and Information Protection of the Russian Federation (the Law) in its first reading....more

DSM Watch: EU online content services Portability Regulation will become law in its current form: Council adoption 8 June 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

DSM Watch has been tracking this, the first legislative proposal published by the Commission under the Digital Single Market strategy banner, since back in December 2015.  The Commission’s aim was to allow consumers who pay...more

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