Category Archives: Cybersecurity

White House Releases Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights

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On February 27, 2015, the Obama Administration released a discussion draft of the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2015 (the “Privacy Act”), holding true to President Barack Obama’s commitment in 2012 to introduce legislation to put the Privacy Act’s principles into law.  The Privacy Act is intended to “establish baseline protections for individual privacy in the commercial arena and to foster timely, flexible implementation of [the] protections through enforceable codes of conduct.” The Privacy Act seeks to regulate a broad variety of covered entities, which are persons that [...] Read more

Webinar: Advising the C-Suite and Boards of Directors on Cybersecurity

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On February 11, 2015, Alston & Bird hosted a webinar entitled “Advising the C-Suite and Boards of Directors on Cybersecurity.” Panelists included Alston & Bird attorneys Jessica Corley, Scott Ortwein and Kim Peretti, with Jim Harvey as the moderator. The cybersecurity legal landscape is rapidly unfolding due to the mass number of companies whose systems, data, and assets are networked and connected to the internet, as well as the surge of unprecedented attacks. Cybersecurity is no longer solely a concern for a company’s CIO or CISO, but also a concern for all members of the c-suite [...] Read more

Alston & Bird Privacy Program: An Interactive Discussion on How EU Data Laws are Undergoing Profound Changes

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On February 4, Alston & Bird’s Los Angeles office hosted a presentation on EU data laws and US data laws with two leading experts from Olswang LLP, Ross McKean and Andreas Splittgerber. Alston’s Dominique Shelton moderated while McKean and Splittgerber shared their views on the profound changes occurring in EU data protection laws. It was a lively discussion that included the ramifications of the Google Spain decision and looked ahead to the upcoming EU Data Protection Regulation. The discussion provided a valuable opportunity to consider how U.S. companies can comply with the relevant [...] Read more

A&B Senior Counsel Peter Swire to Debate Consumer Privacy at Privacy Summit

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On March 4-6, the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) will host its annual Global Privacy Summit in Washington, D.C. The Summit regularly attracts thousands of academics, officials, and privacy professionals. Those attending the Summit this year especially will not want to miss Alston & Bird Senior Counsel Peter Swire as he discusses and debates the future of consumer privacy with Stanford’s Jonathan Mayer. Peter previews his planned debate with Jonathan in an article published by the IAPP yesterday. The pair’s session is expected to focus on government oversight [...] Read more

White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection

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On February 13, 2015, the White House held its first Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection at Stanford University. The Summit convened leaders from the federal government, business sector, technology industry, law enforcement, academia, and law not only to celebrate accomplishments in cybersecurity, but also to discuss opportunities for improvement in the cybersecurity and data privacy space. The Summit showcased panel discussions addressing a myriad of issues including public-private collaborations and partnerships in cybersecurity, improvements in cybersecurity practices at consumer [...] Read more

President Obama Issues Executive Order Promoting Private Sector Cybersecurity Information Sharing

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In conjunction with a summit on cybersecurity conducted at Stanford University on February 13, President Obama signed an Executive Order to promote cybersecurity information sharing, both within the private sector and between government and the private sector. The Executive Order requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to “strongly encourage the development and formation of Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations (ISAOs).” These ISAOs may be organized on the basis of sector, sub-sector, region, or any other affinity, including in response to particular emerging threats or vulnerabilities. [...] Read more

White House Announces Creation of New Center to Analyze and Share Cyber Threat Intelligence

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On Tuesday, February 10, Lisa Monaco, the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, announced the creation of the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC).  The CTIIC will be responsible for analyzing and integrating cyber threat intelligence currently collected by other government agencies and “producing coordinated cyber threat assessments” based on that intelligence.  Monaco underscored that the CTIIC “will not collect intelligence” but instead will facilitate a more effective overall government response to cyber threats by ensuring that data [...] Read more

Alston & Bird Webinar: Advising the C-Suite and Boards of Directors on Cybersecurity – February 11

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Please join Alston & Bird attorneys for a webinar on February 11, 2015.   Cybersecurity has become a key issue for most companies in recent years as most of their systems, data and assets are networked and connected to the Internet. It is not only a concern to a company’s CIO or CISO, but to all members of the c-suite, the board of directors and their advisors, who need to prepare for and respond to cybersecurity risks and incidents in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing world. Jim Harvey and Kimberly Peretti, co-chairs of the firm’s Security Incident Management & Response [...] Read more

Support Data Privacy Day on January 28, 2015

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Did you know January 28 is Data Privacy Day (DPD)?  DPD commemorates Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection, signed on January 28, 1981.  DPD began in the United States and Canada in January 2008 as an extension of the DPD celebrated in Europe.  On January, 27, 2014, the 113th U.S. Congress adopted a nonbinding resolution expressing support for the designation of January 28 as “National Data Privacy Day.” National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), a non-profit organization dedicated to cyber-security education and awareness, [...] Read more

President Obama Proposes Strict National Data Breach Notification Law Ahead of State of the Union

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On January 12, 2015, during a speech before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), President Barack Obama announced that he would propose legislation to create a national, uniform data breach notification law.  The White House later released the full text of the proposed bill.  The President highlighted that a national breach notification law would benefit both consumers and notifying companies by pre-empting and streamlining the current system:  “right now almost every state has a different law on this and it’s confusing for consumers and it’s confusing for companies – and it’s costly [...] Read more