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House to Weigh Reauthorization of FTC’s Cross-Border Enforcement Authority

Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) plans to introduce legislation to renew the Federal Trade Commission’s authority to take action against cross-border spam, spyware, and fraud. Among other provisions, the U.S. SAFE WEB Act of 2006 gave the FTC authority to share information with foreign law-enforcement agencies, to take action against foreign conduct that is unfair … Continue Reading

Congress Continues to Ponder Data Security Legislation

Sen. John Rockefeller (D-WV), chair of the Senate Commerce Committee, is still working to reach consensus on the data security bill that he and Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) introduced in June.  A scheduled markup was canceled in September, and the committee decided not to consider the bill at yesterday’s executive session.  Nonetheless, a spokesman for … Continue Reading

Bono Mack Holds Hearing About Consumer Privacy Expectations

Yesterday, the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held a hearing entitled , “Understanding Consumer Attitudes About Privacy.”  The hearing featured a single panel with a mix of industry representatives and consumer privacy advocates, including representatives from Intuit, Microsoft, the Digital Advertising Alliance, Evidon, and the World Privacy Forum.  A primary focus of the … Continue Reading

House Subcommittee Discusses COPPA Updates, Teen Privacy

The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade held the latest in its series of hearings on Internet privacy Wednesday morning. The hearing — titled “Protecting Children’s Privacy in an Electronic World” — focused on the Federal Trade Commission’s proposed updates to the regulations implementing the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act … Continue Reading

Senate Judiciary Committee Passes Breach Notices Bills

Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation introduced by Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) (S. 1151) that would require firms to develop comprehensive data security programs and would impose a federal breach notice obligation on firms.  The same day, the Committee also approved amended versions of breach notification measures introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) … Continue Reading

House Subcommittee to Examine COPPA Reform

Politico and other news sources are reporting that the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade plans to hold a hearing on the FTC’s proposed revisions to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act rule.  We previously analyzed the FTC’s proposal here.  The hearing has not yet been formally announced but is … Continue Reading

Feinstein Introduces Breach Notice Bill; Senate Committee May Consider Breach Notice Proposals Shortly

For the fifth consecutive session of Congress, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has introduced legislation that would establish a federal data breach notification standard.  Sen. Feinstein’s legislation — the Data Breach Notification Act of 2011 (S. 1408) — is one of a number of breach notice proposals circulating on Capitol Hill that would preempt state breach … Continue Reading

House Subcommittee Approves Bono Mack Breach Notification Legislation

By David Fagan and Libbie Canter Yesterday, the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade voted to report the Secure and Fortify Electronic Data Act (H.R. 2577) — the SAFE Data Act — to the full House Energy & Commerce Committee, moving the legislation one step closer to passage. The legislation creates a national breach … Continue Reading

Two House Energy & Commerce Subcommittees Hold Hearing on Internet Privacy

Yesterday, two Subcommittees of the House Energy and Commerce Committee (Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade and Communications and Technology) held a joint hearing entitled “Internet Privacy:  The Views of the FTC, the FCC, and NTIA” that featured testimony from FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, FTC Commissioner Edith Ramirez, and NTIA Assistant Secretary Lawrence Strickling.  Topics discussed included … Continue Reading

Rep. Bono Mack Circulates Data Security Bill in Advance of Subcommittee Hearing

by David Fagan, Libbie Canter, and Josephine Liu The House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade held a hearing yesterday on draft data security legislation authored by Chairwoman Mary Bono Mack (R-CA).  The hearing was very well attended with significant substantive engagement by Subcommittee members on both sides of the aisle — an indication that the … Continue Reading

House Subcommittee Holds Data Security Hearing

Yesterday, the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade held its second hearing on data security in the past month.  The hearing featured the testimony of top executives from Sony and Epsilon, companies that recently have been the victims of large-scale cyber attacks.  The hearing focused mainly on the specifics of the recent attacks, the … Continue Reading

House Energy & Commerce Committee Outlines Privacy Agenda

The House Energy and Commerce Commerce has announced plans for a “comprehensive review” of privacy and data security regulation.  The announcement explained that the “first phase” of the Committee’s review would be devoted to an assessment of the need for data security legislation.  The committee will then consider what Chairman Fred Upton referred to as “the … Continue Reading

Rep. Rush Reintroduces Data Breach Legislation

By David Fagan & Libbie Canter Last week, Congressman Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) reintroduced the Data Accountability and Trust Act (H.R. 1707).  During the 111th Congress, the House of Representatives approved the same measure by voice vote, but the legislation, introduced in the Senate by Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), did not make … Continue Reading

Rep. Bono Mack Will Introduce Data Security Legislation; Hearing Scheduled for May 4

Members of a key committee in the House have announced their intention to introduce data security legislation in the near future.  In a statement released Wednesday, Rep. Mary Bono Mack, who chairs the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, cited the recent Sony Playstation breach in calling for congressional legislation.  The subcommittee chaired by Rep. … Continue Reading
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