On June 17, 2021, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced the reintroduction of the Data Protection Act of 2021, which would create an independent federal agency, the Data Protection Agency, to “regulate high-risk data practices and the collection, processing, and sharing of personal data.”
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As reported on Hunton’s Retail Law Blog, on April 22, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held in a highly-anticipated case, AMG Capital Management, LLC v. FTC, that the Federal Trade Commission cannot seek or obtain equitable monetary relief pursuant to §13(b) of the FTC Act, putting an end to the use of §13(b) as a significant enforcement tool.
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The Biden administration announced it intends to nominate Chris Inglis, a former Deputy Director of the National Security Agency, to be the first U.S. National Cyber Director, subject to Senate confirmation. The newly-established position, which will serve as the President’s principal cybersecurity policy and strategy advisor, and the Office of the National Cyber Director were created under the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, which became law on January 1, 2021.
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As we previously reported, significant data privacy bills, titled the Consumer Data Protection Act, are working their way through the Virginia legislature. If enacted, Virginia would be the second state to enact major data privacy legislation of general applicability.
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On December 9, 2020, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing on the Invalidation of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield and the Future of Transatlantic Data Flows. This post reviews the key topics, witnesses and views expressed during the hearing.
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As part of its regulatory review of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act Safeguards Rule, the Federal Trade Commission will hold a workshop, Information Security and Financial Institutions: An FTC Workshop to Examine the Safeguards Rule. The workshop, originally scheduled for May, has been postponed until July 13, 2020.
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