On September 14, 2021, the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce voted in favor of a legislative recommendation that would create a new FTC privacy bureau as part of the proposed $3.5 trillion federal budget reconciliation package.
Continue Reading U.S. House Committee Votes to Create New FTC Privacy Bureau and Appropriate $1 Billion to the Agency

On September 1, 2021, the FTC banned the operator of a stalkerware app company and its CEO from offering, promoting, selling or advertising any surveillance app, service or business, alleging that the app allowed purchasers to illegally surveil other individuals by monitoring their device activity without their knowledge.
Continue Reading FTC Bans Stalkerware App Company from the Surveillance Business and Orders Company to Delete Any Illegally Collected Information

On August 30, 2021, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced it had settled three administrative cases involving a total of eight registered broker-dealers and investment advisers for failures in their cybersecurity policies and procedures.
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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently announced that Pearson plc agreed to pay a $1 million civil penalty in a settlement related to charges that Pearson misled investors about a 2018 data breach resulting in the theft of millions of student records, including birth dates and email addresses.
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In July 2021, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration announced a new Security Directive requiring owners and operators of certain critical pipelines transporting hazardous liquids and natural gas to implement specific cybersecurity measures.
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Earlier this month, President Biden signed the Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy. The stated goal of the Executive Order is to increase competition in the United States and resolve issues related to monopolistic behaviors, including with respect to privacy and data protection.
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