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USA: Brill says greater cross-border flexibility needed to achieve EU-US interoperability

The Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill met with the Article 29 Working Party (WP29) - on 16 April 2013 - to discuss interoperability between the US and EU approaches to data protection. …

USA: Mandatory Do Not Track rules re-introduced after industry's failure to comply voluntarily

The Do Not Track (DNT) Online Bill (S. 418), originally proposed in 2011, was re-introduced in the US Senate - on 28 February 2013 - after the online advertising industry's failure to honour…

USA: Data brokers urged to review privacy practices after FTC warnings

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sent - on 2 May 2013 - letters to ten data broker companies warning that their practices could violate privacy rules set out under the Fair Credit Reportin…

USA: Consultation commences on draft cybersecurity framework

The USA Department of Commerce issued - on 28 March 2013 - a Notice of Inquiry into 'Incentives to Adopt Improved Cybsersecurity Practices, seeking comments on a set of incentives designed t…

USA: NLRB: blanket confidentiality rule during employee investigations 'invalid'

The US National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) released - on 16 April 2013 - an Advice Memorandum on case 30-CA-089350 (Verso Paper) reaffirming that a blanket confidentiality rule, where an e…

USA: FCC holds sellers vicariously liable for third party 'do-not-call' violations

The Financial Communications Commission (FCC) ruled on 9 May 2013 that sellers who use third party telemarketers may be held vicariously liable for third party violations of the Telephone Co…

USA: Commerce Committee criticises industry failure to adopt DNT

The US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held - on 24 April 2013 - a hearing entitled 'A Status Update on the Development of Voluntary Do-Not-Track (DNT) Standards'. …

USA: SEC: sensitive information at risk from employee remote access

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)'s Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently published two routine audit reports highlighting recommendations to be implemented by the Office …

USA: SEC and CFTC issue Red Flag Rules for financial institutions and creditors

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) jointly issued - on 10 April 2013 - the Identify Theft Red Flag Rules consisting of final rul…

USA: Internet of Things on FTC Chairwoman Ramirez's horizon

Newly elected Chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Edith Ramirez, stated on 8 March 2013, that she intends to tackle the 'Internet of Things' in the coming months, as part of he…

USA: FinCEN says AML rules applicable to 'convertible' virtual currencies

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued - on 18 March 2013 - Guidance clarifying that exchangers and administrators of 'convertible' virtual currency are subject to FinCEN's…

USA: New cybersecurity framework has far-reaching effects on US economy

President Obama issued - on 12 February 2013 - the long-awaited Executive Order entitled 'Improving Infrastructure Cybersecurity' (the Order), alongside Presidential Policy Directive/PPD 21,…