Contributor: Jason Weinstein

Jason Weinstein is a partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP specializing in data privacy and security, as well as criminal defense and internal investigations. He is a former federal prosecutor and most recently served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division, where he oversaw the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section.

Opinion

Is the Congressional Response to the Target Breach Off-Target?

By Jason Weinstein

In the aftermath of the Target breach announced last month, there has been understandable anxiety on the part of consumers and understandable concern by lawmakers about how to respond to large-scale breaches of this type.

In recent weeks, there have been calls by members of Congress for hearings on the Hill. Several Senators have demanded an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and...

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The U.S. Doesn’t Have a National Data Protection Authority? Think Again…

By Jason Weinstein

“The U.S. has no national data protection authority.” Ask an EU official why he or she believes the EU’s data protection system to be superior to the U.S. model, and that will be at or near the top of the list. But tell that to Google. Or TJX. Or CBR Systems. Or any of the dozens of other companies that have been pursued by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over the past several years for...

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European Cloud Providers Cloud the Truth After PRISM—What Should U.S. Providers, and the U.S. Government, Do About It?

By Jason Weinstein

European cloud providers have tried for years to gain a competitive advantage in the European market over U.S.-based counterparts by claiming that content stored with European providers is more protected from government access than data stored with U.S. companies. These European providers have tried to instill fear in potential customers, claiming that the USA PATRIOT Act gives the U.S....

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