Hunton and Williams partner Paul M. Tiao was featured on Platts Energy Week discussing the importance of the homeland security partnership between electric utility companies and the U.S. government. This blog entry provides a link to the feature.
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On April 10, 2014, the Article 29 Working Party adopted Opinion 04/2014. The Opinion analyzes the implications of electronic surveillance programs on the right to privacy and provides several recommendations for protecting EU personal data in the surveillance context.
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On March 12, 2014, the European Parliament formally adopted the compromise texts of the proposed EU General Data Protection Regulation and the Police and Criminal Justice Directive. The Parliament also passed a resolution setting forth its findings and recommendations regarding the National Security Agency surveillance program.
Continue Reading European Parliament Adopts Draft General Data Protection Regulation; Calls for Suspension of Safe Harbor

On January 17, 2014, President Obama delivered a major speech addressing reforms to government intelligence-gathering and surveillance activities. The President discussed the need to advance national security while strengthening protections for privacy and civil liberties, improving transparency in intelligence programs, engaging in continual oversight, and rebuilding trust among foreign leaders and citizens.
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In an article published in Practical Law, Lisa J. Sotto, Bridget Treacy and Naomi McBride of Hunton and Williams examine the future viability of the Safe Harbor Framework in light of criticism from the EU stemming from disclosures regarding the U.S. government’s surveillance programs.
Continue Reading Privacy and Data Security: The Future of the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor

On December 3, 2013, Lawrence Strickling of the U.S. Department of Commerce spoke at the American European Community Association Conference in Brussels, addressing issues such as the U.S. government’s surveillance programs and the EU Commission’s recent report on the Safe Harbor framework.
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Brazilian lawmakers held several consensus-building meetings with party leaders over the past two weeks to reach a voting agreement on a draft bill to establish the country’s first set of Internet regulations. Disputes over what should be included in the legislation have delayed a vote on the measure, but the bill continues to be a priority for Congress and a vote is expected in the coming weeks.
Continue Reading Brazil Moves Forward with Internet and Data Protection Bills