On September 15, 2022, President Biden issued an executive order (the “Order”) to provide further detail and expand on the factors that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) uses to evaluate whether a foreign investment provides a risk to US national security. The Order1 is the first executive order to

On September 8, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) held a virtual public forum on the agency’s release last month of an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) to regulate the protection of consumers’ privacy and data security, which we covered in a prior Legal Update. In addition to allowing the public the opportunity

On August 11, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted 3-2 on partisan lines to file an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) that would regulate the protection of consumers’ privacy and data security in a rulemaking titled “Trade Regulation Rule on Commercial Surveillance and Data Security.”

The release of this ANPR—in the midst of

New ‘Draft Rules for the Regulations on the Management of Human Genetic Resources’ (Draft Rules) were issued by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the PRC (MOST) on 14 March 2022.

Issued pursuant to the Biosecurity Law and the Data Security Law, the Draft Rules are a response from the government to the growing

On May 26, 2022, the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) published a final rule revising the restrictions on the export, reexport and transfer (in-country) of certain “cybersecurity items” used for malicious cyber activities (“final rule”). Effective immediately upon publication, the final rule amends the October 21, 2021, interim final rule

On May 19, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) unanimously approved a policy statement on education technology (EdTech) and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Characterized as part of a larger effort to “crack down on companies that illegally surveil children learning online,” the policy statement itself merely highlights pre-existing obligations under

On May 11, 2022, the Senate confirmed President Biden’s appointment of Alvaro Bedoya to fill the vacant Democratic seat on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Commissioner Bedoya’s confirmation gives the Democratic commissioners a voting majority on the Commission, and we expect the FTC will pursue actions previewed by Chair Lina Khan. In this Legal Update,

The Queen’s Speech 2022 (the “Speech”), given on 10 May 2022 (available here), details the UK Government’s priorities for the year. Although its focus was primarily on the cost of living crisis and proposed economic measures, the Speech confirmed that the UK’s data protection regime will be reformed by way of the ‘Data

Strengthening the nation’s cybersecurity has been a top priority for the Biden administration, as reflected in its collaboration with industry, regulatory actions, and the legislation it has supported in Congress, including the Cyber Incident Reporting for Critical Infrastructure Act of 2022. Executive action has been a key tool in the Biden administration’s cyber policymaking toolkit.

New draft Regulations on the Online Protection of Minors (Draft Regulations) were released by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) on 14 March 2022. They update the 2016 Draft Regulations of the same name which were released for public comment but never adopted.

The latest Draft Regulations have been issued pursuant to the PRC Law