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The mission of the Commerce Department is to foster, promote, and develop the foreign and domestic commerce of the United States.
ITA's mission is to strengthen the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promoting trade and investment, and ensuring fair trade and compliance with trade laws and agreements.
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HIPAA Overview
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The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) charters, regulates, and supervises all national banks. It also supervises the federal branches and agencies of foreign banks.
The FCC is an independent United States government agency, directly responsible to Congress. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC's jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions.

The Division enforces Section 5 of the FTC Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.  It also manages the Identity Theft Data Clearinghouse, which houses the federal government's centralized repository for consumer identity theft complaints.

The Division issues, revises, and enforces Commission’s rules, including the Telemarketing Sales Rules and the CAN-SPAM Rules.

The division is responsible for various projects and functions, including the Consumer Response Center and Consumer Sentinel

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CFIUS Reform Enacted: Immediate Impact and Extended Uncertainty (8/15/2018)

U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Location Information Is Protected by the Fourth Amendment (6/25/2018)

Don’t Forget to Hit “Delete”: FTC Blog Post Clarifies COPPA Information Deletion Requirement (6/19/2018)

A New Era in FTC Data Security Oversight?: The Potential Impact of the LabMD Decision (6/12/2018)

The CLOUD Act: What new legislation overhauling U.S. laws for obtaining data means for businesses in Asia (5/21/2018)

MoFocus: Our Insights into the Risk + Crisis Landscape Volume 2, Issue 1 (5/3/2018)

In US v. Microsoft, a Decades-Old Law Leaves Few Good Options (3/1/2018)

Bug-Bounty Programs: A Valuable Tool to Be Used Carefully (2/21/2018)

Amended California Law Expands Requirements for Consumer Subscriptions (2/5/2018)

FISA Section 702 Reauthorization Attempts Privacy, Intel Balance (1/18/2018)

Connected Devices Bring New Product Liability Challenges (1/5/2018)

Wrong changes to key intelligence program may put us at risk (12/20/2017)

CFPB Encourages Financial Institutions to Provide Consumers with Greater Control over Payment Methods (11/21/2017)

Proposed CFIUS Overhaul Focuses on Cybersecurity and High-Tech Sectors (11/14/2017)

FTC Continues Campaign on Influencer Disclosures (11/1/2017)

Microsoft Claims Victory in Challenge to DOJ’s Practice of Seeking “Gag Orders” under the Stored Communications Act (10/21/2017)

CFPB Outlines Principles for Consumer-Authorized Financial Data Sharing and Aggregation (10/19/2017)

United States v. Microsoft: Supreme Court to Resolve Lower-Court Dispute Over U.S. Warrants Seeking Foreign-Stored User Data (10/17/2017)

MoFocus: Our Insights into the Risk + Crisis Landscape Volume 1, Issue 2 (10/12/2017)

FY 2018 Forecasts: Winds Shifting on Data Security, Industry Consolidation, and DOJ Enforcement Efforts (10/11/2017)

The Equifax breach proves it’s time to stop using Social Security numbers (10/5/2017)

Data privacy and transfers in cross-border investigations (9/14/2017)

New Report Highlights Gaps in Preparedness for Cybersecurity Risks to Critical Infrastructure, Calls for “Bold, Decisive Actions” (8/23/2017)

More Insight from the FTC on Data Security or More of the Same? (08/02/2017)

A Potential Shift In Enforcement Priorities For The FTC (7/1/2017)

Review of CAN-SPAM Rule Part of a Larger Plan (6/28/2017)

Clashing With Second Circuit, Court Orders Google to Turn Over Foreign-Stored Data (5/1/2017)

Biometric Information as Personal Information—A Brave New World of Regulatory Compliance (4/4/2017)

Watch Out: The Federal Trade Commission Continues to Watch the (Alleged) Watchers (3/2/2017)

Avoiding FTC's Cross-Device Tracking Crosshairs (3/1/2017)

CFPB Evaluates Use of Alternative Data and Modeling Techniques in the Consumer Lending Credit Process (2/17/2017)

Court Allows Microsoft to Challenge Secrecy of User Data Requests (2/17/2017)

FTC Report Reinforces the Rules for Cross-Device Tracking (1/30/2017)

And then there were two: Chairwoman Ramirez announces resignation from Federal Trade Commission (1/17/2017)

The FCC ‘Opts-In’ to Consumer Privacy With New Rules for Internet Service Providers (Westlaw Journal Computer & Internet; 11/18/2016)

Enforcement of DAA Principles Will Track New Technologies (10/24/2016)

Federal Banking Agencies Signal Enhanced Cyber Standards (10/21/2016)

NTIA Announces New Multistakeholder Process for Internet of Things Security Issues (10/10/2016)

The FTC Delivers “Critical” Data Security Advice—via Blog Post (10/4/2016)

The Scope of "Personally Identifiable Information" Is Changing (8/30/2016)

Life’s Not Fair: LabMD Loses Data Security Case on Appeal (8/16/2016)

Enforcement of DAA Principles Appears to Shift Disclosure Requirements (8/10/2016)

Big Data Can Lead to Big Legal Problems for Companies (MarketWatch; 6/4/2016)

EEOC Issues Final Rules on Employee Wellness Programs (5/19/2016)

FTC Brings First Action Involving the APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules System (5/9/2016)

Detect, Disrupt, Deter: A Whole-of-Government Approach to National Security Cyber Threats (Harvard Security Journal; 2016)

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update; Volume 7, Issue 3 (4/28/2016)

The US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Dwolla consent order (E-Commerce Law Reports; April 2016)

FTC Guidance on Native Advertising (The Licensing Journal; March 2016)

HIPAA Enforcement: A Retrospective (IAPP The Privacy Advisor; 3/22/2016)

HIPAA and Health Care Apps: Is Your App Covered? (3/16/2016)

Is the CFPB the New Cop on the Data Security Beat? (Westlaw Journal, Computer & Internet; 3/11/2016)

Privacy Shield vs. Safe Harbor: A Different Name for an Improved Agreement? (3/3/2016)

FDA Embraces Internet of Things: New Draft Guidance on Postmarket Cybersecurity for Medical Devices (2/29/2016)

49 Million and Growing: Key Takeaways from the 2016 California Data Breach Report (2/23/2016)

From Safe to Schrems to Shield - and Other Alliterations: Shifting Grounds in the EU Privacy Landscape (2/8/2016)

Digital Privacy: Europeans Threaten To Halt Data To U.S. (Newsweek; 2/2/2016)

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update; Volume 7, Issue 1 (1/28/2016)

Big Data, Big Challenges: FTC Report Warns of Potential Discriminatory Effects of Big Data (1/22/2016)

A Warning from the FTC on Native Advertising (1/5/2016)

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