On August 30, 2020, the California legislature passed AB-1281. As background, the CCPA currently exempts from most of its requirements certain information collected in the HR context and certain information collected about B2B personnel. AB-1281 would extend each exemption until January 1, 2022.
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On August 6, 2020, President Trump signed executive orders imposing new economic sanctions under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the National Emergencies Act against TikTok and WeChat. The orders potentially affect tens of millions of U.S. users of these applications and billions of users worldwide.
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On August 10, 2020, European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross released a joint press statement following the ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union in the Schrems II case.
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On June 11, 2020, the California Senate amended AB-713 to the California Consumer Privacy Act. The Senate’s recent amendments impose new contractual obligations on the use or sale of de-identified information and modify the exemption from the CCPA for information used for public health purposes.
Continue Reading California Senate Proposes Amendment to CCPA to Address De-Identification and Information Used for Research and Public Health Purposes

On May 1, 2020, the White House issued an executive order on securing the United States bulk-power system, finding that foreign adversaries are creating and exploiting vulnerabilities in the U.S. bulk-power system and determining that unrestricted foreign supply of BPS equipment constitutes an “unusual and extraordinary threat” to national security.
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