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Outlook for U.S. Internet Gambling Under President Trump: Rough Times Ahead?
You’d think the first casino magnate as president would have the U.S. gaming industry rejoicing, but there is one segment of the industry that likely is holding its collective breath – the internet gambling sector.
Belly Up: USDA and HHS Release 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans
The highly anticipated 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans were released this week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Guidelines provide valuable insight into what nutrition trends and science the agencies currently support and are expected to have a wide impact on food sales and food consumption in the country—some estimates suggest that the Guidelines affect one in every four meals consumed. The Guidelines are issued to help all individuals consume a healthy, nutritionally adequate diet, and state and local governments will use them in developing their food, nutrition and health policies and programs, including school lunch programs and nutrition programs for the elderly
House Seeks to Reassure Europe by Approving Bill to Extend Privacy Protections to Certain Foreign Citizens
Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Judicial Redress Act, legislation that would enable citizens of certain countries, such as those in the European Union (“EU”), to file suit against U.S. government agencies for certain Privacy Act violations.
FCC and the IoT: What to Watch for This Week
Companies manufacturing “smart” products in the virtually unregulated Internet of Things (“IoT”) space may soon find themselves inviting regulation from the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”).
Kansas Recognizes Fantasy Sports
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback may be a social conservative, but he apparently does not object to fantasy sports. On Tuesday of this week, Gov. Brownback signed into law a bill that will recognize fantasy sports as lawful in the Sunflower State.
Minnesota Online Lottery Gambling Takes A Step Back
Last week, the Minnesota legislature passed a bill that will require the Minnesota Lottery to stop offering online games within four months. Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, who vetoed a similar bill last year, allowed this year's version to take effect without his signature just today.
New Law Requires New Jersey Health Insurance Companies to Encrypt Personal Information
New legislation signed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie late last week mandates that health insurance companies in the state protect the personal information they compile or maintain through encryption or “by any other method or technology rendering it unreadable, undecipherable, or otherwise unusable by an unauthorized person.”
In Visit to FTC, President Outlines Broad Privacy Agenda, Offers Scant Details
On Monday, January 12, President Obama gave a speech at the Federal Trade Commission in which he announced a multi-faceted legislative agenda aimed at creating a uniform national breach notification requirement, establishing national standards for consumer privacy, and expanding protections for educational data. While the President’s speech and the accompanying fact sheet outlined a broad privacy agenda, both were short on detail, leaving the public – and Congress – to speculate about the specifics of the President’s plan.
Possible New State Legislative Trend: Bans on Microbeads in Cosmetics and Other Personal Consumer Products
Public outcry against plastic microbeads has reached a feverish pitch lately, with opponents decrying the non-biodegradable “plastic soup” that accumulates in waterways after microscopic plastics slip through screen holes at wastewater treatment plants.
Florida Revamps Data Breach Notification Law
Florida Governor Rick Scott is expected soon to sign into law a recent bill toughening Florida’s data breach notification law. The law applies to commercial entities that collect, store or use personal information of Florida residents, wherever located.
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