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Energy and Commerce Committee to Hold First U.S. House of Representatives Hearing in 2014 on Protecting Consumer Information and Preventing Data Security Breaches

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Following the recent announcement of two U.S. Senate committee hearings on data security breaches, the House Energy and Commerce Committee announced the first U.S. House of Representatives hearing to examine the issue. During the same week as the Senate hearings, the committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade (CMT), chaired by Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE), will hold a hearing entitled “Protecting Consumer Information: Can Data Breaches Be Prevented?” on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. EST in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. According to the hearing notice released [...] Read more

U.S. Senate Banking and Judiciary Committees to Hold Hearings Examining Data Security Breaches, Identity Theft, and the Safeguarding of Consumers’ Financial Data

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The U.S. Senate Committees on Banking and the Judiciary will each host hearings during the week of February 3, 2014, to examine the impact on consumers from recently reported data security breaches and what measures may be taken to protect sensitive information of consumers, including customer financial information, from criminal acquisition and misuse. Consistent with the assigned jurisdiction and oversight authority of each committee, the Banking Committee will examine the protection of consumer financial data, whereas the Senate Judiciary Committee will focus on the prevention of data security [...] Read more

House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Holds Hearing on “The FTC at 100: Where Do We Go From Here?”

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On December 3, 2013, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade (CMT) held a hearing entitled “The FTC at 100: Where Do We Go From Here?” CMT Subcommittee Chairman Lee Terry (R-NE) chaired the hearing. At the hearing, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez and Commissioners Julie Brill, Maureen Ohlhausen, and Joshua Wright testified and presented the Prepared Statement of the Federal Trade Commission. The Commission’s testimony focused on the accomplishments of the FTC in protecting consumers over the recent past through [...] Read more

Congress Considers Cybersecurity Bills

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Earlier last week, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) introduced H.R. 3696, a bill to amend the Homeland Security Act to make certain improvements regarding cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection. The committee circulated the draft earlier this year, and had planned to mark up the bill when the Edward Snowden revelations became public. The bill faces several criticisms, including that the House passed a bipartisan bill earlier in the year that addressed the major issues facing cybersecurity. Also, the main provision of Chairman McCaul’s bill—designating [...] Read more

Update: California Governor Brown Signs into Law S.B. 568, “Privacy Rights for California Minors in the Digital World”

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Today, California Governor Brown signed into law S.B. 568, establishing a new law entitled “Privacy Rights for California Minors in the Digital World,” which aims to protect the online privacy of children and teenagers who are under 18 years of age and reside in the State of California. California Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), who introduced S.B. 568, released a statement calling the new law “a groundbreaking protection for our kids who often act impetuously with postings of ill-advised pictures or messages before they think through the consequences. They [...] Read more

California Establishes Digital Privacy Rights Law for Minors: S.B. 568 Expands Online Privacy Protections Beyond Federal COPPA Rules and Extends Rights to All Children Under 18 Years of Age

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California Governor Brown is preparing to sign into law an unprecedented children’s online privacy bill (S.B. 568), which adds a new chapter to the State’s Business and Professions Code (BPC) to protect the online privacy of children and teenagers who are under 18 years of age and reside in the State of California. The bill establishes Chapter 22.1, entitled “Privacy Rights for California Minors in the Digital World,” which will commence with Section 22580 in Division 8 of the BPC. In response to minors’ increasing access to digital content and products available online, California [...] Read more