The Colorado Senate is considering a bill to utilize blockchain or other distributed ledger technology for a variety of purposes, including to improve the state government’s operations and cybersecurity. Senate Bill 18-086 (which was introduced on January 16, 2018) focuses on exploring a number of “transformative improvements” that distributed ledger technologies can offer to state governments, including reducing fraud in state-controlled programs, mitigating risk through improved risk evaluation and quantification, and enhancing cybersecurity and protection of personal information.The bill highlights inefficiencies in the Colorado state government’s existing practices (such as paper-only records and individual agencies’ isolated data repositories that are difficult for other government entities to access), as well as threats posed by identity thieves who target public records in order to penetrate corporate records or steal personal information. View Full Post
During its December 14-15, 2017, meeting, the Management Board of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) discussed ECHA’s strategy on substances in nanoforms.  According to the strategy, following recent rulings of the Board of Appeal, the “possibility for using dossier and substance evaluation under the current legal text of [the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation] to verify safe use of nanomaterials on the EU market has become increasingly challenging and resource intensive,” making revision of the REACH annexes “even more urgent than before.”  As reported in our March 6, 2017, blog item, in March 2017, the Board of Appeal annulled a contested decision that would have required the lead registrant to provide detailed substance identity information on the crystal phases, nanoforms, and surface treatment of nanoforms covered by its registration of titanium dioxide.  View Full Post
In a recently published “Staff Perspective,” the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) appears to be staying true to the regulatory humility approach Acting Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen underscored in her opening remarks to the connected cars and autonomous vehicles workshop the FTC co-hosted with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) last summer. View Full Post
Impact of Government Shutdown on Trade The government shutdown began on Saturday at 12:01am. Here is a list of several agencies involved in trade and transportation issues that will be affected. International Trade Commission The International Trade Commission will only have three to seven individuals working during the shutdown in order to protect life and property. View Full Post
Privacy legitimate interest might become difficult to manage in Italy following provisions introduced by means of the Budget Law. The Italian legislator seems not to like legitimate interest as legal basis of data processing. Indeed, under the current Italian Privacy Code, it required a previous approval from the Italian Data Protection Authority, while a new provision of the Italian Budget Law introduces a regime (to be applicable under the GDPR) which seems a sort of “hidden prior approval“, despite of the fact that the GDPR is based on the accountability principle and requires to adopt a risk based approach. View Full Post