The story went viral, and legislators around the country caught the virus. On March 21, the Associated Press reported a few incidents where employers had requested or required login credentials from applicants or employees to access their personal social media accounts. Over the next three weeks, more stories were published; some regurgitating the incidents originally reported by the AP, and others reporting on additional, alleged inquiries.
Just days ago, a Utah scientist facing over two dozen federal charges pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful access to a computer in exchange for the prosecution dropping 25 other related charges. The defendant faced allegations, among others, that he had violated the Economic Espionage Act, a federal law that criminalizes the theft of trade secrets. 18 U.S.C. §1832. His guilty plea is but the latest chapter in a series of prosecutions which signal that federal efforts to ramp up intellectual property protection are continuing to grow.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The House approved legislation May 18 that would sharply limit the Department of Defense’s ability to procure alternative fuels, sending a fight over the military’s use of biofuels to the Senate.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The House approved a measure May 10 to ease the federal government’s prohibition on the use of alternative or synthetic transportation fuels that emit more greenhouse gases than traditional fuels.
In the shadow of a veto threat, the House April 26 approved cybersecurity legislation (H.R. 3523) authored by leaders of the House Intelligence Committee.
Under the bill, the government would be able to share information with private sector companies in an effort to head off cyber-attacks. Companies could, on a voluntary basis, share information about cyberthreats with the federal government and be shielded from certain liability.
On March 6, the U.S. Senate approved by voice vote a bill seeking to increase the maximum penalties for trafficking in counterfeit pharmaceuticals.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Senate leaders are vowing to continue to try to extend an array of clean energy tax incentives after an amendment that would have done so failed in the Senate March 13.
The White House Feb. 23 officially released a white paper with recommendations for creating a new consumer privacy protection regime in the United States.
Privacy experts generally lauded the administration’s two-pronged blueprint for federal legislation establishing a set of baseline privacy principles in a consumer “bill of rights” (see box), coupled with a co-regulatory set of voluntarily created and implemented codes of conduct for businesses backed up with enforcement by the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general.
Online privacy is expected to remain a hot topic in 2012, but it is unlikely that Congress will enact any major reforms in such a complex and unsettled area during an election year, observers tell Bloomberg BNA…
The House approved a $1.043 trillion, nine-bill omnibus package to fund the federal government for the rest of 2012…