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April 8, 2016, Covington Alert
On April 6, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, issued a Request for Comment (RFC) seeking public feedback on the benefits, challenges, and potential roles for the government in fostering the advancement of the Internet of Things (IoT).
NTIA issued the RFC as part of the Commerce Department’s Digital Economy Agenda, which, among other things, is meant to identify and address leading public policy and operational challenges in the Internet ecosystem. Noting that thus far no U.S. government agency has taken a holistic, ecosystem-wide view that identifies opportunities and addresses the risks of IoT across the digital economy, NTIA explained that it is seeking broad input from all interested stakeholders and will use that input to draft a “green paper” on key IoT issues. Comments are due on or before 5 p.m. Eastern Time May 23, 2016.
February 7, 2017, Covington Alert
On February 4, 2017, the Cyberspace Administration of China (“CAC”) released the draft Measures on the Security Review of Network Products and Services (“the draft Measures”) for public comment (official Chinese version available here; Covington’s translation of the draft Measures is here). The comment period ends on March 4, 2017.
July 25, 2016, Covington Alert
Search warrants served on U.S. Internet companies and cloud service providers cannot obtain customer data stored overseas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled on July 14. The federal appellate decision focuses on warrants issued under the federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“ECPA”) and formally applies only in the Second Circuit, ...
June 21, 2016
SILICON VALLEY—Covington advised Tencent Holdings Limited, a leading provider of internet service in China, in connection with its acquisition of a majority stake in Supercell from SoftBank. A consortium established by Tencent will acquire up to 84% of Supercell for $8.6 billion in a transaction valuing Supercell at approximately $10.2 billion.
Supercell is a ...