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|Boucher, Stearns Release Draft Privacy Bill|
Tracy P. Marshall, Sheila A. Millar; Keller and Heckman LLP;
May 19, 2010, previously published on May 14, 2010Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.), the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, and Subcommittee Ranking Member Cliff Stearns (R-Fl.), released a discussion draft of a long-awaited privacy bill on May 4. The goal of the as-yet-untitled...
|Uncertainty Reigns Supreme: What Impact Will a Coalition Government Have on Data Protection Law in the UK?|
Hunton Williams LLP;
May 18, 2010, previously published on May 13, 2010Following the first “hung parliament” since 1974, the UK is facing considerable legislative reform under the newly formed Conservative - Liberal Democrat coalition government. Although the parties appear to have differing opinions on a number of legislative issues, one issue that...
|Everybody Likes Free Stuff: Draft Privacy Legislation Seeks To Enhance Consumer Protections Without Disrupting Ad-Supported Internet Business Model|
Robert D. Forbes; Proskauer Rose LLP;
May 17, 2010, previously published on May 11, 2010A draft Congressional bill released Tuesday, May 3 would enhance consumer privacy protections both online and offline and establish a national framework for the collection, use and security of consumer information, superseding state law requirements regarding the collection, use and disclosure of...
|Recent Developments Concerning HITECH Act EHR Rules|
Joseph E. Lynch, Kim H. Roeder; King & Spalding LLP;
May 13, 2010, previously published on May 10, 2010HHS announced in its recent Semiannual Regulatory Agenda that by the end of May 2010, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (the ONC) will issue its response to public comments concerning the January 13, 2010 Interim Final Rule on EHR standards, implementation...
|Federal Agencies Seek Comment on New Cybersecurity Certification Program for Broadband Providers and Other Security and Privacy Issues|
Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP;
May 13, 2010, previously published on May 6, 2010A pair of recent Notices of Inquiry from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) demonstrate the increasing attention being paid by the federal government to information security and privacy. In the FCC Notice of...
|U.S. Courts Order Discovery Despite Foreign Privacy Laws|
David E. Bell, Jeane A. Thomas; Crowell & Moring LLP;
May 13, 2010, previously published on May 11, 2010Two recent opinions by federal district courts in New York highlight the ongoing tension between U.S. discovery rules and foreign "blocking statutes" and privacy laws. These two cases continue a trend of U.S. courts ordering parties to produce discovery materials located outside the U.S....
|Washington New Credit Card Data Breach Liability Law|
Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP;
May 12, 2010, previously published on May 7, 2010Washington Governor Christine Gregoire recently signed HB 1149 into law. Under HB 1149, if a person or entity that meets the definition of a “processor” or “business” that fails to take reasonable steps to guard against unauthorized access to credit or debit card account...
|California Amends Data Breach Notification Law|
Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP;
May 12, 2010, previously published on May 7, 2010The California State Senate approved Senate Bill 1166 on April 15, 2010. The bill amends sections 1798.29 and 1798.82 of the California Civil Code, which require state agencies and businesses to notify California residents of a data breach, by adding specific content requirements for such notices.
|Draft Privacy Bill Makes Your Location, Sexual Orientation 'Sensitive Information'|
Nancy Cremins; Gesmer Updegrove LLP;
May 11, 2010, previously published on May 6, 2010On Tuesday, May 4, 2010, Representatives Rick Boucher, Democrat of Virginia, and Cliff Stearns, Republican of Florida released a draft of a Congressional bill would extend privacy protections both on the web and off line. Mr. Boucher is the chairman of the House subcommittee on communications,...
|Red Flags Rule Compliance Guide Now Available for Purchase|
Burr & Forman LLP;
May 11, 2010, previously published on May 2, 2010On June 1, 2010, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) will begin enforcing new regulations aimed at detecting, preventing and mitigating identity theft (“Red Flags Rule”). The Red Flags Rule applies to “creditors” (i.e., any entity that provides a good or service...