On May 27, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission announced the release of a new report recommending that Congress consider enacting legislation that would increase transparency in the data broker industry and give consumers more control over how data brokers collect and share their personal information.
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On September 25, 2013, Senator Jay Rockefeller expanded his investigation of the data broker industry by sending letters to twelve popular health and personal finance websites requesting information about their data collection and sharing practices. Responses are due by October 11, 2013.
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The 2012 election results likely will have consequences for U.S. federal privacy and data security legislation. This blog entry outlines some key developments in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate and describes how these developments might affect legislative priorities and prospects for the 113th Congress beginning in 2013.
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The absence of congressional action on cybersecurity legislation has spurred efforts by various entities to exert influence over cybersecurity policy. This blog post contains a client alert that focuses on a number of those efforts, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s creation of a new cybersecurity office and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s action on cybersecurity Critical Infrastructure Protection standards.
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On February 14, 2012, a joint U.S. congressional committee introduced the Cybersecurity Act of 2012. The Act would empower DHS to create a regulatory framework for securing the nation’s infrastructure assets against cyber threats. It also would provide incentives and remove legal barriers to increased information sharing involving the federal government, the intelligence community and private industry.
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On November 17, 2011, Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) issued a statement emphasizing the need for increased consumer protection on the Internet and indicating that he intends to hold a hearing to question Facebook and other companies about their online tracking practices.
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