FTC publishes blog post that could expand data breach notification requirements – On May 20, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published a blog post suggesting that, in some cases, a company may need to do more than comply with applicable state data breach notification laws in the event of a data breach. Specifically, the FTC’s blog post stated that “[r]Regardless of whether a breach notification law applies, a breached entity that fails to disclose information to help parties mitigate reasonably foreseeable damages may be in violation of FTC Section 5. (Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act (the “FTC Act”) prohibits “unfair or deceptive acts or practices in or affecting commerce.”)
Bipartisan privacy bill released for discussion – A bipartisan draft of a federal privacy and data protection bill was released June 3 for public discussion. US privacy and data protection law. The next step is for Congress to hold hearings on the bill.
Utah becomes fourth state to pass comprehensive data protection law – On March 24, Utah became the fourth state to pass comprehensive data protection law. The Utah Data Consumer Privacy Act, which takes effect December 31, 2023, has a number of similarities to Virginia’s Consumer Data Protection Act.
Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security Host Space Cybersecurity Meeting. On June 16, the Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security co-hosted their third symposium designed to connect commercial space companies with each of the departments on areas of mutual interest regarding cybersecurity measures and policies. The event provided updates on cybersecurity threats and discussed recent cybersecurity legislation and executive orders to the commercial space industry, which is under increasing threat from nation states. .
NOAA Releases RFP for Commercial Space Weather Data Pilot. – On May 19, 2022, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to conduct a Commercial Weather Data Pilot Study (CWDP). The purpose of the study is to identify commercial space weather data sources and related capabilities that could help NOAA achieve its space weather mission objectives. The tender is further evidence of efforts by a number of government agencies – often in response to congressional efforts – to use industry to provide data for critical applications such as national security, climate change and space weather.