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 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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On March 1, 2022, President Biden, in his first State of the Union address, called on Congress to strengthen privacy protections for children, including by banning online platforms from excessive data collection and targeted advertising for children and young people.
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On March 2, 2022, the Senate unanimously passed the Strengthening American Cybersecurity Act of 2022 (“SACA” or the “Bill”). The Bill is now with the House of Representatives for a vote and, if passed, will be sent to President Biden’s desk for signature.

Continue Reading U.S. Senate Unanimously Passes Cybersecurity Legislation Requiring 72 Hour Cyber Incident Notification

On May 11, 2021, Senators Edward Markey (D-MA) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) introduced the Children and Teens’ Online Privacy Protection Act. The Bill, which would amend the existing Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, would prohibit companies from collecting personal information from children ages 13 to 15 without their consent.
Continue Reading Senate Bill Would Expand Federal Children’s Privacy Protections

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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