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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Data Privacy

Biden Asks FTC to Tackle Data Privacy in New Executive Order

In his July 9 Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy, President Biden took new steps to protect consumers’ data privacy by asking the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Federal Communication Commission, and the Department of Justice to crack down on tech giants’ anticompetitive behavior. According to the White House: “Over the past…
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FTC Can No Longer Seek Restitution for Consumers

On April 22, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) could no longer seek consumer restitution through Section 13(b) of the FTC Act— a provision the FTC has been using for nearly 40 years to impose monetary penalties against companies engaging in deceptive practices. Understanding the impact of this decision…
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