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Draft Cybersecurity Legislation Would Impose Substantial New Obligations on Vendors Selling Interconnected Devices to the U.S. Government

On Tuesday, August 1, 2017, a bipartisan group of four Senators from the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus introduced legislation designed to improve the cybersecurity of devices purchased by the U.S. government and – albeit indirectly – sold anywhere in the U.S. or the world.

The legislation – the “Internet of Things …

How to Use the GDPR as Your Competitive Advantage: Focus on the Carrot, Not the Stick

How to use the GDPR as Your Competitive Advantage: Focus on the Carrot, Not the Stick

Ample bandwidth has been eaten by panicky commentary over the fines possible under the EU’s upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Sure, the GDPR arms EU data protection authorities with a hefty compliance stick. …

The Chinese Government Issues Draft Cybersecurity Regulations to Protect Critical Information Infrastructure

On June 10, 2017, the Cyberspace Administration of China (the “CAC”) released the Draft Regulations on the Security Protection of Critical Information Infrastructure (the “Draft Regulations” 《关键信息基础设施安全保护条例(征求意见稿)》). The CAC is seeking public comments with a deadline of August 10, 2017. The final version will likely be announced soon after that …

Washington’s New Biometric Privacy Law: What Businesses Need to Know

With the rise in hackings and data breaches, companies and government agencies are looking for ways to protect their data that offer more security than passwords. Because passwords are easily lost, stolen, guessed, and cracked by hackers, companies are shifting to the use of biological characteristics that uniquely identify you, …

(Connected) Toy Story: The FTC Updates the COPPA Compliance Plan

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently issued an updated “Six-Step Compliance Plan for Businesses” (“Compliance Plan”) for entities subject to the Federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”), 15 U.S.C. §§ 6501-6506, to “reflect developments in the marketplace—for example, the introduction of internet-connected toys and other devices for kids.” COPPA …

China’s Cybersecurity Regulators Issue Procedural Rules to Strengthen Enforcement Power

For the past several years, the Cyberspace Administration of China (the “CAC”) has risen to a very important status among the Chinese national government’s agencies. However, it lacks a specific procedural law to empower it with specific enforcement actions. Against this background, the CAC issued the Provisions on Administrative Law …

Passage of Cybersecurity Act Eliminates Liability for Cyber-Sharing

Businesses concerned about combating cyber threats got an unexpected gift from Washington in the final weeks of 2015 with the passage of long-stalled cyber-sharing legislation that encourages private enterprises and the federal government to voluntarily share certain cyber threat information while limiting the private sector’s liability for such sharing.

On …

Pardon the “Intrusion” – Cybersecurity Worries Scuttle Wassenaar Changes

Concerns over proposal to implement cybersecurity provisions of the Wassenaar Arrangement prompt Commerce Department to pull proposed rule

Companies concerned about their cybersecurity posture can breathe a small sigh of relief, as the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) recently announced it was scrapping plans to …

DoD New Cyber Security Reporting Rules for Contractors

In a move that highlights the changing winds of federal cybersecurity policy, the Department of Defense (“DoD”) has issued an interim Rule (“Rule”) that imposes new security and reporting requirements on federal contractors, and new requirements for DoD cloud computing contracts.

The Rule requires federal contractors to report cyber incidents …

Telephone Surveillance Hang-Ups: Second Circuit Asks Parties in ACLU v. Clapper to Brief Whether the USA Freedom Act Moots Plaintiff’s Claims

Not long after striking down the National Security Agency’s telephone surveillance program in ACLU v. Clapper, the Second Circuit is asking the parties to assess whether recently passed federal legislation has rendered the plaintiff’s claims moot.

On May 7 the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the NSA’s …

Is Wi-Fi Security Keeping You Awake on the Road?


Sometimes it’s hard to get a good night’s rest out on the road. Accessible Wi-Fi in hotels, airplanes, coffee shops, and other hospitality locations has quickly gone from a luxury to a  necessity for customers who need continuous access to the Internet. Yet serious security gaps in the majority of …

Are Regulatory Fears Impeding Industry Cyber Sharing?

Business leaders confess that concerns of adverse regulatory actions are impacting industry willingness to share cyberthreat information with authorities

They say that no good deed goes unpunished. And when it comes to cyber sharing, industry leaders are concerned that their only “reward” for helping the government identify and respond to …

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