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Another attempt at a federal breach notification law

A group of Democratic senators, led by Bill Nelson of Florida, are trying once again to get a national data breach notification law passed. As in 2015, the proposed law is styled the Data Security and Breach Notification Act. The text of the 2017 version appears broadly the same as the 2015 version. Of particular note, in light of recent revelations about Uber’s alleged paying of...

TPP and Privacy Concerns

Cybersecurity concerns have been integrated into the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade agreement among twelve Pacific Rim countries. The TPP released the full text of the international agreement on November 5, 2015. The agreement addresses privacy concerns over the protection of personal information. Article 14.8 of the Agreement describes the parties’ obligations to protect...

Cybersecurity Amendment Included in Highway Bill

UPDATE:  The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, the FAST Act, including the cybersecurity amendment, was signed into law by the President on December 4, 2015. Under an amendment to the highway bill approved last week by the U.S. House of Representatives, the federal government would be authorized to direct owners and operators of critical energy infrastructure to act to...

Senate Approves the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015

On October 27, 2015, the Senate approved the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015. The vote was 74 to 21 in support of the bill. The bill provides certain liability protections to companies that share cybersecurity information with one another and the federal government to help protect against cybersecurity threats. Some amendments were adopted, including a ten-year sunset...

Cyberthreat Data Sharing Legislation Advances

The House on April 22 passed legislation granting liability protections to U.S. companies that share cyberthreat information with each other and the federal government. The Protecting Cyber Networks Act (H.R. 1560) would allow companies to voluntarily share information on cyberthreat indicators and defensive measures while requiring them to remove any personal data before providing the...

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