On February 16, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security, in collaboration with other federal agencies, released a series of documents outlining procedures for both federal and non-federal entities to share and disseminate cybersecurity information. These documents were released as directed by the Cybersecurity Act of 2015, signed into law on December 18, 2015.
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On February 10, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Judicial Redress Act, which had been approved by the Senate the night before and included a recent Senate amendment. The Judicial Redress Act grants non-U.S. citizens certain rights, including a private right of action for alleged privacy violations that occur in the U.S.
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On February 9, 2016, President Obama signed an Executive Order establishing a permanent Federal Privacy Council that will serve as the principal interagency support structure to improve the privacy practices of government agencies and entities working on their behalf.
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On December 16, 2015, leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate released an omnibus spending bill that contained cybersecurity information sharing language that is based on a compromise between the Senate’s Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act and two cybersecurity information sharing bills that passed in the House earlier this year.
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On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act into law, which modifies the annual privacy notice requirement under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act.
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On November 19, 2015, the White House released a fact sheet from the 23rd Annual APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in the Philippines. At the meeting, representatives from the U.S. and other APEC economies reinforced their commitment to the ongoing implementation of the APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules system for information controllers.
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On November 5, 2015, the White House released the proposed text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement that would commit participating countries to implement legal frameworks to protect personal information processed in connection with electronic commerce.
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On October 27, 2015, the U.S. Senate passed S.754 – Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 by a vote of 74 to 21. This bill is intended to facilitate and encourage the sharing of Internet traffic information between and among companies and the federal government to prevent cyber attacks.
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On September 8, 2015, representatives from the U.S. Government and the European Commission initialed a draft agreement known as the Protection of Personal Information Relating to the Prevention, Investigation, Detection and Prosecution of Criminal Offenses, which is intended to govern the cross-border transfer of personal information for law enforcement purposes.
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