On July 11, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection issued a business alert on businesses’ handling of sensitive data, with a particular focus on location and health data.
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On June 22, 2022, the FTC submitted an updated abstract to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs indicating that it is considering initiating a rulemaking under Section 18 of the FTC Act to curb lax security practices, limit privacy abuses, and ensure that algorithmic decision-making does not result in unlawful discrimination.
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On June 21, 2022, President Biden signed into law, the State and Local Government Cybersecurity Act of 2021 and the Federal Rotational Cyber Workforce Program Act, two bipartisan bills aimed at enhancing the cybersecurity postures of the federal, state and local governments.
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On June 16, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission issued a report to Congress titled Combatting Online Harms Through Innovation that urges policymakers and other stakeholders to exercise “great caution” about relying on artificial intelligence to combat harmful online content.
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On June 3, 2022, House Energy and Commerce Chair Rep. Frank Pallone, Ranking Member Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Ranking Member Sen. Roger Wicker released a new comprehensive federal privacy bill, the American Data Privacy and Protection Act.
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On May 19, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission will hold a virtual open meeting. The meeting’s tentative agenda includes a vote by the FTC on a policy statement prioritizing the enforcement of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act as it applies to the use of education technology.
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On March 11, 2022, the U.S. Senate passed an omnibus spending bill that includes language which would require certain critical infrastructure owners and operators to notify the federal government of cybersecurity incidents in specified circumstances. President Biden has until March 15, 2022, to sign the bill. This blog entry provides a summary of the bill.
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