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Privacy Shield Approaches 2,000 Participants; Review Scheduled for September

Nearly 2,000 organizations are now listed as self-certified to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield on the Department of Commerce’s (“Commerce”) Privacy Shield website.  Given current developments on both sides of the Atlantic, there are likely to be significant Privacy Shield developments in the coming months. EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová recently concluded her visit to the … Continue Reading

Commerce Releases Green Paper on Approach to Supporting IoT, Seeks Public Comment

The Department of Commerce released a “green paper” earlier this month proposing steps the Department can take to advance and support the Internet of Things (“IoT”).  The report includes recommendations based on comments submitted to the Department in response to an April 2016 Request for Comment as well as feedback from a September 2016 IoT … Continue Reading

NTIA Multistakeholder Group Reaches Consensus on Best Practices for Commercial Use of Facial Recognition Technology

Last week, the multistakeholder group convened by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (“NTIA”) to create set of voluntary best practices for the commercial use of facial recognition technology finalized its guidelines.  While the three-page code of conduct was praised by industry groups, including the Software & Information Industry Association and Consumer Technology Association, many … Continue Reading

Senate Panel Passes “Internet of Things” Bill

Yesterday, the Senate Commerce Committee passed a bill meant to increase government involvement in the development of the “Internet of Things” (IoT). By a voice vote, the committee approved the Developing Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things (DIGIT) Act, sponsored by Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and … Continue Reading

NTIA Release Requests for Comments on IoT Issues

Yesterday, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, issued a Request For Public Comment (RFC) seeking comment on the benefits, challenges, and potential roles for the government in fostering the advancement of the Internet of Things (IoT). NTIA issued the RFC as part of the Commerce Department’s Digital … Continue Reading

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Package Released

By Monika Kuschewsky and Vera Coughlan Today, the European Commission published the text of the new EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (see the Commission’s press release here), which consists of: a draft adequacy decision; the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework Principles issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce; and the official representations and commitments contained in separate letters … Continue Reading

Commerce Releases Fact Sheet on the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

As we reported yesterday, the United States and the European Commission have reached a political agreement on a new framework for transatlantic data flows, referred to as the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield.  The U.S. Department of Commerce (“Commerce”) released a fact sheet yesterday to coincide with the announcement of the agreement. The fact sheet includes a … Continue Reading

Agreement Reached on New EU-U.S. Safe Harbor: the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

By Dan Cooper, Phil Bradley-Schmieg and Joseph Jones Today (February 2nd, 2016), the European Commission and U.S. Government reached political agreement on the new framework for transatlantic data flows.  The new framework – the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield – succeeds the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor framework (for more on the Court of Justice of the European Union … Continue Reading

NTIA to Convene Multistakeholder Meetings On Facial Recognition Technology

The National Telecommunications & Information Administration (“NTIA”) announced today that it will convene a series of meetings about the commercial uses of facial recognition technology.  The goal of the meetings will be to develop a voluntary, enforceable code of conduct specifying how the Obama Administration’s “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights” applies to facial recognition.  The first … Continue Reading

Covington Files Comments on Cybersecurity Incentives

Executive Order 13,636 on Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity directs the National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”) to develop a Cybersecurity Framework  of standards, methodologies, and processes for addressing cybersecurity risk.  It also charges the Department of Homeland Security with developing a Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Program to promote adoption of the Cybersecurity Framework by critical … Continue Reading

President Obama Issues Cybersecurity Executive Order

In his State of the Union message on Tuesday, President Obama announced that he had signed an Executive Order addressing the cybersecurity of  critical infrastructure.  President Obama emphasized that in the face of threats to corporate secrets, the power grid, and financial institutions, among others, “We cannot look back years from now and wonder why … Continue Reading

NIST Announces Privacy Technology Grants

Recently, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced over $9 million in grants to five U.S. entities to develop technologies to “pilot identity solutions that increase confidence in online transactions, prevent identity theft, and provide individuals with more control over how they share their personal information.”  Funded projects will address issues including commerce, … Continue Reading

NTIA Privacy Multistakeholder Group Discusses Process, Substance

Privacy stakeholders gathered today at NTIA to once again discuss how the group might move forward in developing a code of conduct for mobile app transparency.  While no decisions were made, the group identified a number of topics that would be appropriate to tackle early in the process.  There also appeared to be consensus among … Continue Reading

NTIA Releases Notes from First Privacy Multistakeholder Meeting; Announces Next Meeting Dates

As noted in our coverage of the inaugural Privacy Multistakeholder Meeting, NTIA promised to release meeting notes and the results of informal polls taken during the meeting.  This information is now available on NTIA’s website, and includes notes in document format and images of the flipcharts used during the meeting. Additionally, NTIA has encouraged stakeholders … Continue Reading

Recapping the NTIA Multistakeholder Meeting

By Kristin Shaffer Yesterday marked the inaugural Privacy Multistakeholder Meeting at the Department of Commerce, hosted by the National Telecommunication & Information Administration (“NTIA”).  The meeting brought together representatives of technology companies, advertisers, consumer groups, and  other stakeholders for a discussion of mobile application transparency and the process for future discussions and meetings.  While the … Continue Reading

NTIA Seeks Comment on Beginning Conduct-Code Discussions

The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) sought public comment Wednesday on how to begin the process of developing voluntary codes of conduct governing consumer privacy, as called for in the privacy framework released by the White House last month. That report argues that companies should follow seven basic principles — a … Continue Reading

White House Releases “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights”

The White House released a report today containing its “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights,” referring to the new privacy framework as a “comprehensive blueprint to protect individual privacy rights and give users more control over how their information is handled.”  The report is entitled “Consumer Data Privacy in a Networked World: A Framework for Protecting … Continue Reading

NIST Issues Guidelines on Public Cloud Security, Privacy

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology on Tuesday released a final version of its guidelines for how organizations — particularly federal agencies — should manage security and privacy concerns when considering the use of public cloud-computing services. Public cloud services, unlike private clouds, require users to store their data on … Continue Reading

OIRA Releases Privacy Impact Assessment for Agency Use of Third-Party Websites

The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) recently released a model Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) that federal agencies must use before they employ third-party websites and applications to communicate with the public.  The new rules issued by OIRA, an arm of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB), build on rules the … Continue Reading

White House To Roll Out “Privacy Bill of Rights”

In a speech this week at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, White House Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy Daniel Weitzner announced that the Administration will soon roll out a “privacy bill of rights,” which he described as a “broad, high-level statement of principles” that could be enforced by the FTC.  Weitzner emphasized that … Continue Reading

NIST Releases Draft Roadmap for the U.S. Government’s Implementation of Cloud Technology

Last week, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released for public comment a draft roadmap for implementing cloud computing technology across U.S. government agencies.  The roadmap is intended to foster adoption of cloud computing by federal agencies, reduce uncertainty surrounding cloud computing by improving the information available to policymakers, and facilitate … Continue Reading

Social Media: Legal Risks and Rewards

Your company has just launched an innovative new social media service, and you’ve received fanfare from the press, increased website traffic, and a spike in advertising revenues.  In short, the service is a complete success — until you’re served with a class action complaint seeking millions of dollars in damages and a civil investigative demand … Continue Reading

FTC, Commerce Department Reiterate Support for Industry Codes of Conduct

Jon Leibowitz, chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, and Cameron Kerry, general counsel of the Department of Commerce, spoke today about the need for industry codes of conduct to address emerging privacy issues.  They were the featured speakers at an event held by the Brookings Institution on strategies to protect consumer privacy while ensuring continued … Continue Reading

House Energy & Commerce Committee Members Launching Review of Privacy Issues

As we previously discussed, the House Energy & Commerce Committee announced last month that it would be undertaking a comprehensive review of electronic privacy concerns.  That process will kick off on July 14, 2011 with a joint hearing by the Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee and the Communications and Technology Subcommittee.  Regulators from the Federal … Continue Reading
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