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Biden EO Directs Agencies to Strengthen Supply Chain Security

President Joseph Biden recently signed an executive order directing federal agencies to review supply chain security risks. The order primarily covers critical imported imported...

Biden Administration Supply Chain EO Creates Opportunities and Risks in Key Manufacturing Sectors

On February 24, 2021 President Biden signed an Executive Order (EO) on America’s Supply Chains as a step toward fulfilling the Biden campaign’s promise to address US supply chain vulnerabilities exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent national shortages of crucial resources, including medical supplies and semiconductors. The EO calls for creating more resilient and secure supply […]
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Biden Orders Reviews of Critical Supply Chains

On February 24, President Biden signed an executive order for a series of reviews of global supply chains—the latest government effort to create more resilient and secure supply chains for critical materials and goods. The reviews will involve multiple departments within the Executive Branch and will implicate a broad range of policy-related concerns. While the […]
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Cybersecurity Breach Prompts A Variety Of New Procedures To Protect Sensitive Court-Filed Documents

Federal courts throughout the country have rushed to update guidelines governing the filing and maintenance of sensitive court records in response to “a known compromise” of the widely-used SolarWinds Orion IT monitoring and management platform. All federal courts must now accept Highly Sensitive Documents filed in paper form (or on a secure electronic device) in […]
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Potential Solutions for Maintaining Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Protections over Forensic Reports in...

On January 12, 2021, a U.S. district judge for the District of Columbia issued an opinion in Wengui v. Clark Hill, PLC granting the plaintiff’s motion to compel production of a data breach forensic report and other materials prepared by a third-party forensic consultant. The court ordered production of the forensic report even though the […]
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Who Has Standing in a Data Breach Litigation? In The Third Circuit, Fear of...

As the number of data breaches continue to rise, so too will the number of lawsuits filed. Yet with this increase in data breach litigation, a recent opinion within the Third Circuit reminds us of the crucial issue of standing, which is often challenged at the onset of a lawsuit. In a data breach, when […]
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Measuring the Reach of GDPR, How Far Is Far Enough?

It’s generally recognized that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) can apply to entities outside the European Union. However, scant court rulings guide non-European controllers and processors on this question. The English High Court’s recent decision in Soriano v. Forensic News LLC and others (2021) helps fill the gap. In the case of Soriano, the English High […]
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UK High Court Imparts GDPR Risk Insight For US Companies

On January 15, the High Court of England and Wales issued a decision in Soriano v. Forensic News LLC interpreting and applying Article 3 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation — the provision that gives the EU’s strict data protection law its extraterritorial reach and sets it apart from similar laws around the globe. […]
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Crowell & Moring Achieves CMMC Registered Provider Organization Status to Help Defense Contractors Prepare...

More than 300,000 companies within the Defense Department’s supply chain will need to meet new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) requirements and pass a third-party assessment to ensure they are adequately protecting sensitive information on their networks. Now, Crowell & Moring has become the first AmLaw 100 firm to achieve Registered Provider Organization (RPO) status […]
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Complying with the Government’s Restrictions on Foreign Telecommunications Equipment

Government contractors are facing a significant compliance burden thanks to three new FAR provisions that impose restrictions on contractors who supply or use Chinese telecommunications equipment or services. Generally speaking, the provisions are designed to ensure that contractors do not supply any covered equipment or services to the government or use any covered equipment or […]
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