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Federal Autonomous Vehicle Bill Includes Detailed Privacy, Cybersecurity Requirements

Representative Bob Latta (R-OH), ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, has re-introduced the Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research In Vehicle Evolution Act (SELF DRIVE Act) to regulate autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles. Key provisions include require  manufacturers to develop and implement: A cybersecurity plan for detecting and […]
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Senate Still Divided on Comprehensive Data Privacy Legislation

Members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee appear to agree with recent testimony urging the passage of comprehensive federal data privacy legislation and with much of the substance of the proposed law, but some disagreement about the details of implementation and enforcement remain. Committee chair Roger Wicker (R-MS) and ranking member Maria Cantwell (D-WA) have […]
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Federal Data Privacy Legislation: Will it Help the US Remain Competitive in the Global...

On September 17, 2020, four Republican Senators (Roger Wicker – Mississippi, Chairman, John Thune – South Dakota, Deb Fischer – Nebraska, and Marsha Blackburn – Tennessee) introduced sweeping federal privacy legislation entitled: Setting an American Framework to Ensure Data Access, Transparency, and Accountability (“SAFE DATA”) Act. This proposed comprehensive national privacy law has three main […]
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Calls Grow to Restore White House Cybersecurity Leader Role

In a new report, “Clarity of Leadership Urgently Needed to Fully Implement the National Strategy,” GAO urged Congress to pass legislation to reestablish a White House cybersecurity coordinator role, and give it the authority to implement and encourage action in support of the nation’s cybersecurity. The administration eliminated the position two years ago, promising the […]
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Congress Questions NASA on Cybersecurity Efforts

Foreign and domestic hacking activity targeting NASA continues to grow at a time when at least 75 percent of NASA’s civilian employees are working at home, according to agency officials. An inspector general report released in June found that NASA continues to struggle with implementing cybersecurity policies, despite spending about $2.3 billion on IT, networking, […]
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U.S. House Passes IoT Cybersecurity Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act, which is intended to improve the security of IoT devices. The bill is backed by Representatives Will Hurd (R-TX) and Robin Kelly (D-IL), and Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), and has support from major cybersecurity and tech companies including BSA, […]
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Senator Brown Proposes New Privacy Bill

Under the Data Accountability and Transparency Act of 2020, corporations would by default be banned from collecting, using, or sharing personal data unless specifically...

Cyberspace Solarium Commissioners Introduce Legislation to Securely Modernize State Information Technology

Cyberspace Solarium Commissioner Representative Jim Langevin (D-RI) and commission co-chairs Senator Angus King (I-ME) and Representative Mike Gallagher (R-WI) are introducing legislation to support modernizing and securing state and local government information technology. The State and Local IT Modernization and Cybersecurity Act addresses a recommendation from the Solarium’s pandemic white paper that calls for helping […]
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Congressman Barr Introduces NIST COVID-19 Cybersecurity Act

Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) has introduced the NIST COVID-19 Cyber-Security Act, which would instruct the director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology...

House Bill Looks to Carry on Solarium Commission Recommendations

A bill from a House Republican would start to carry out recommendations from the Congressionally-chartered Cyberspace Solarium Commission. The bill has a lot to say about the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and other federal cyber efforts. House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Innovation ranking member John Katko (R-NY) joined Federal Drive […]
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