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

Online businesses that sell to California residents should take note of a recent enforcement action by the state’s attorney general (AG) signaling that adequate notice of sale must be provided in a business’s privacy policy, California residents’ opt-out requests must be honored, and, from the AG’s perspective, the use of third-party cookies for targeted advertising

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

The United States Supreme Court recently issued its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Org., ––– U.S. –––, 2022 WL 2276808 (2022), overturning Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, 505 U.S. 833 (1992). In holding that the U.S. Constitution does not protect

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,

On May 6, 2022, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) designated crypto mixer Blender.io as a Specially Designated National (“SDN”), marking the first time a virtual currency mixer has been sanctioned. The move is the latest in a series of sanctions designations and enforcement actions in the virtual currency

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.