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Congress Passes Bill Requiring FCC to Limit New Authorizations for Chinese Equipment, Prohibiting Revocation

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Updated Oct. 29, 2021 On Oct. 20, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3919, the Secure Equipment Act of 2021, in a nearly unanimous vote. The bipartisan legislation introduced by Reps. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.,) would require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt rules it recently proposed prohibiting “equipment…

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Here’s What NDAA Section 889 Really Means for Federal Grants

New Federal Regulation Answers Key Questions on How Section 889 Applies to Federal Grant Funds What SIA Members Need to Know: Federal grant recipients are simply prohibited from using grant funds for covered equipment and services. Restrictions only impact use of federal grant funds. New grants prioritize replacing with alternative equipment. OMB revised the regulation…

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COVID-19 Raises Many Privacy Questions

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The COVID-19 pandemic has unfortunately brought about an explosion of cyber scams, with bad actors preying on fear, uncertainty and doubt. But it’s also raising some big challenges regarding data privacy because of both the escalated cyber threat and the direct effects of the outbreak itself. The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) recently held…

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New SIA Resources to Help You Navigate Data Privacy Regulations

With the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and the European Union’s (EU’s) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in effect, take advantage of these two new guidance documents from SIA to help your firm navigate these regulations’ impact on your business. Both reports are available exclusively for SIA members; your firm’s SIA membership gives you access.…

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Opinion: Impact Expected From Commerce Department’s Rules on Largest Chinese Video Surveillance and AI Providers

Contributing author Steve Surfaro notes potential effects upon chip makers, investments in artificial intelligence. On Oct. 9, 2019, the U.S. Department of Commerce issued a final rule amending the Export Administration Regulations to add 28 Chinese governmental and commercial organizations to its Entity List determined to be “acting contrary to the foreign policy interests of…

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