Ransomware

Senate Introduces Ransomware Notification Mandate 

The US Senate has introduced a bill that would require businesses with more than 50 employees to report ransomware payments within 24 hours.  (S. 2666), the “Sanction and Stop Ransomware Act of 2021,” was introduced by the Senate Homeland Security Committee and Governmental Affairs Committee and also would apply to nonprofits, state and local government…
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Privacy

Data Privacy Update Q3 2021

In our latest update of the data privacy landscape, we look at legislative developments in Virginia, Colorado, New York, and China, and we offer insights on current trends affecting how businesses approach data privacy readiness and governance. New and noteworthy Virginia’s VCDPA Virginia has become the second U.S. state (after California) to enact a broad, multiple-rights…
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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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Data Privacy

New Data Protection Agencies are Forthcoming

When we think about data privacy legislation, we usually think about rules, regulations, guidelines and best practices. However, not every data privacy bill on the Senate floor is concerned with telling businesses how to handle their data. A handful of legislators are proposing internal structural changes within government to better-regulate the morphing issues of data…
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PHPA

Illinois Passes Law Protecting Household Device Data 

Last week, the Protecting Household Privacy Act (PHPA) became law with Governor JB Pritzker’s signature. The law, which takes effect Jan 1, 2022, stops law enforcement officials from acquiring household electronic data from third-parties without a warrant or consent.  The type of data protected by the new law includes any electronic communication–provided by a human–that’s…
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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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