Tag Archives: House of Representatives

House Approves Two Additional Cybersecurity Bills

Following on its passage on Thursday of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) (H.R. 3523) and the Federal Information Security Amendments Act of 2012 (H.R. 4257), the House on Friday approved two additional cybersecurity measures. The Cybersecurity Enhancement Act (H.R. 2096), sponsored by Rep. Michael T. McCaul (R-TX), passed by a vote of … Continue Reading

Bills Head to House Floor for “Cybersecurity Week”

The House of Representatives next week will consider legislation to counter online threats as part of what the House leadership has dubbed “Cybersecurity Week.” The House Homeland Security Committee approved the PRECISE Act on Wednesday. The committee adopted an amendment from the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Cal.), to remove provisions that would have required … Continue Reading

Proposed Cybersecurity Bill Focuses on Critical Infrastructure, Encouraging Information Sharing

A bill introduced in the House of Representatives Thursday would require the Department of Homeland Security to take a lead role in identifying and developing cybersecurity standards for systems that control critical infrastructure. The bill also would create a non-profit clearinghouse for the sharing of cybersecurity threat information between government agencies and the private sector. … Continue Reading

House Cybersecurity Bill Promotes Information Sharing Between Businesses, Federal Government

Leaders of the House Intelligence Committee—Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and ranking Democrat Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (Md.)—introduced a bill yesterday that would shield businesses from liability for sharing information relating to cyber threats with the federal Government and other entities. The bill—H.R. 3523—is intended to promote the sharing of cyber threat intelligence among businesses and … 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

Video Privacy Protection Act Consent Bill Passes House Committee

Following up on a meeting last week, today the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s proposed amendment to the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA). The Committee favorably reported (i.e., approved) a modified version of Rep. Goodlatte’s bill, H.R. 2471, which would permit consent to be given to sharing video usage information … 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

FTC Focuses on Identity Theft From Children

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) engaged in several efforts to build public awareness regarding the risks to children of identity theft.  Schools and other institutions that handle data from children may consider reviewing the FTC’s outreach material, as it can offer helpful insight on FTC views.  Additionally, the FTC’s suggestion that it has … 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

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

Flurry of Privacy Bills Introduced in Congress; More to Come?

In light of the number of privacy and data security-related bills currently being considered by Congress, we thought it might be helpful to provide a roundup of the legislation introduced or circulated to date: Comprehensive privacy legislation: BEST PRACTICES Act, H.R. 611 (Rep. Rush): introduced Feb. 10, 2011.  Referred to the House Subcommittee on Commerce, … 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

Congressional Scrutiny of Privacy Issues Likely to Continue

Following up on Wednesday’s Senate Commerce Committee hearing, Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) indicated yesterday that the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade will also hold hearings on online privacy matters later this spring.  The Subcommittee, which she chairs, will look at the state of current privacy laws, transparency in privacy policies, and protections … Continue Reading

What General Counsel Need to Know About Privacy in 2011

Here’s a five-minute overview of the five major bodies that will influence the privacy, data protection and data security areas as we start 2011. 1.       The Federal Trade Commission.  The FTC’s privacy efforts focus on the FTC Act’s broad prohibition against “unfair or deceptive” acts or practices.  The FTC also has played a valuable role … Continue Reading

Stearns Is Reworking Draft Boucher-Stearns Online Privacy Bill

Earlier this week, Gerry Waldron discussed the 2011 outlook for online privacy legislation in the House, examining the impact that major changes to membership of the House Energy & Commerce Committee will have.  We now know that, despite former Telecom Subcommittee chairman Rick Boucher’s loss in the November election, his influence may live on in … Continue Reading

Goodlatte to Focus on Cybersecurity Legislation

Multiple press outlets are reporting on remarks from Rep. Robert Goodlatte (R-Va.) regarding his intent to take up cybersecurity legislation during the 112th Congress.  In remarks at the 2011 State of the Net Conference, sponsored by the Congressional Internet Caucus, Goodlatte reportedly said that the Judiciary Committee should explore the use of “limited liability protections” as an incentive … Continue Reading