Privacy

Senate Hearing on Promoting Competition and Privacy in the Tech Sector: Two Hearings in One?

On December 7, 2021, the Senate Finance Committee’s Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth conducted a hearing on “promoting competition, growth, and privacy protection in the technology sector.” The hearing could have been conducted using a split-screen format, since one group of Senators and witnesses focused on anti-competitive behavior by the tech giants and…
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NIST

NIST Publishes Draft Security Criteria for Consumer Software

Consumer software providers will soon have the option to label their software as compliant with National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards for software security. On November 1, 2021, NIST published its initial draft of this standard in a white paper titled “DRAFT Baseline Criteria for Consumer Software Cybersecurity Labeling” (the White Paper). The…
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ISP

FTC Report Reveals ISP Data Privacy Failures

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently issued a report on the privacy practices of internet service providers (ISPs). The report is based on material provided by the United States’ six largest ISPs – AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Charter Communications Operating, Xfinity, T-Mobile, and Google Fiber. These ISPs comprise approximately 99 percent of the mobile internet market.…
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Safeguards Rules

FTC Makes Significant Changes to GLBA Safeguards Rule

The FTC’s final rule released last week amending its Standards for Safeguarding Customer Information (Safeguards Rule) under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) will require significant changes in data security policies and procedures to be made by non-bank financial institutions covered by the Safeguards Rule.  Such institutions include finance companies, mortgage companies and brokers, motor vehicle dealers, small-dollar…
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FTC

FTC Focuses on Data Privacy and Cybersecurity as Priorities

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has made it clear: data privacy and cybersecurity are now a priority, and will be for years to come. In the wake of PrivacyCon 2021, the FTC’s sixth annual privacy, cybersecurity and consumer protection summit, held this summer, the FTC finally took official and sweeping action on privacy and cybersecurity. In…
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Privacy

Senate Hearings Call for Creation of New Data Privacy Bureau

On Wednesday, September 29, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing on data privacy titled, “Protecting Consumer Privacy.” The issue of data privacy is of particular interest to Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the Committee Chair, who introduced the Consumer Online Privacy Rights Act (COPRA) in 2019. Much of the testimony revolved…
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DelBene

The Information Transparency and Personal Data Control Act

On March 11, 2021, Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA) introduced the House of Representatives’ first major privacy bill in the 117th Congress. Rep. DelBene recently joined an episode of the Association for Data and Cyber Governance’s U.S. National Privacy and Cybersecurity Podcast to discuss The Information Transparency and Personal Data Control Act ( H.R. 1816 ).…
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Cybersecurity

How Cybersecurity Frameworks Can Protect Your Organization (Even in the Event of a Breach)

It’s certainly no secret how damaging data breaches can be for organizations today. And if lost revenue and a tarnished reputation aren’t enough to make you want to act, your organization could face punitive damages if you fail to protect your customers’ private information. Yes, that’s right—steep fines imposed by regulatory agencies can await those…
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Data Privacy Bills

Three Data Privacy Bills to Watch

Staying on top of privacy legislation requires consistent effort. It’s overwhelming enough to keep track of the bills that do pass, but if you ignore proposed bills you risk being blindsided. Nobody wants to suddenly learn that they have insufficient time to adjust to a new piece of regulation. That being said, if keeping up…
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Cybersecurity

Infrastructure Bill Allocates Nearly $2 Billion to Cybersecurity 

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate approved a $1 trillion infrastructure package, which it has passed along to the House for approval. The package includes a variety of bills that allocate spending toward critical infrastructure, including roads, railways, bridges, electric vehicles, and telecom companies. The package also allocates more than $1.9 billion toward cybersecurity. The move…
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