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November 14, 2019
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CYBSERSECURITY
Tomorrow: CWAG-AGA Attorney General Authority and Cybersecurity Working Group
Friday, November 15, 2019
JW Marriott Camelback in Scottsdale, Arizona

Our VIP Working Group session will run from approximately 1-5pm with a cocktail reception and dinner to follow. Registration for this event is now closed. Please email  Andrea Friedman with any questions!
UPDATE 3-Microsoft Says It Will Follow California's Digital Privacy Law in U.S.
Thomson Reuters
November 11, 2019

Microsoft Corp said in a blog post that it would honor California’s privacy law throughout the United States, expanding the impact of a strict set of rules meant to protect consumers and their data.

Microsoft said in the post it was a “strong supporter” of the California Consumer Privacy Act, known as CCPA, which will go into effect on Jan. 1.

The California law is widely expected to harm profits over the long term for technology companies, retailers, advertising firms and other businesses dependent on collecting consumer data to track users and increase sales.
The Cybersecurity 202: Arrested Iowa Hackers Spark Alarm Among Security Pros
The Washington Post
November 13, 2019

Shockwaves are rippling through the cybersecurity community after researchers hired to test the digital and physical defenses of Iowa county courthouses ended up facing criminal charges instead.

The researchers from Coalfire were arrested Sept. 9 after tripping an alarm at a Dallas County, Iowa courthouse in what seemed at first like an honest case of confusion. But they’re still facing burglary charges more than two months later.
NSA Cybersecurity Boss Anne Neuberger on What Keeps Her Up at Night
WIRED
November 8, 2019

At the WIRED25 conference in San Francisco, Anne Neuberger, head of the National Security Agency's new Cybersecurity Directorate, detailed the threats that she confronts in her role. Neuberger particularly emphasized the importance of proactively defending against vulnerabilities in emerging technologies like 5G, autonomous vehicles, quantum computing—and swarms of malicious drones. Naturally.
CONSUMER PROTECTION
Do Self-Regulatory Programs Work? Receivables Management Association International (RMAI) Has the Answer
Receivables Management Association International
November 11, 2019

Receivables Management Association International (RMAI) launched its Receivables Management Certification Program (RMCP) in 2013. The RMCP’s mission is to “provide enhanced consumer protections through rigorous and uniform industry standards of best practice.” RMAI has visited many AGO Consumer Section offices over the last 4 years explaining the program and its yearly updates. Now RMAI can also show you evidence of the program’s effectiveness as measured in a reduction in consumer lawsuits filed against certified companies.
CANNABIS
Most Americans Wrongly Think CBD Is Regulated By FDA, Survey Finds
Forbes
November 11, 2019

According to survey data compiled by the US-based Grocery Manufacturers Assocation (GMA), roughly three quarters of Americans may believe that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates commercial CBD products, which it does not, despite the non-intoxicating cannabinoid’s soaring popularity.

An October report by the GMA found that, among 2,056 US adults surveyed nationally, 62% had some awareness of CBD, 76% of whom thought that CBD-infused products sold commercially are being federally regulated; 53% thought the FDA does so [PDF]. Among survey respondents who were aware of CBD, 16% weren’t sure one way or the other if such products were being regulated.
At-Risk and Unaware, Consumers Need CBD Regulation
The Hill
November 4, 2019

Cannabidiol — known and CBD — has gone mainstream. New research from the Grocery Manufacturers Association (where I am president and CEO) reveals that four-in-ten Americans who have heard of CBD believe it’s another name for marijuana. More than half (51 percent) think it can get you high. Seventy-six percent assume CBD is regulated at the federal level, including 53 percent who rest easy thinking the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversees CBD’s safe use and marketing.

They’re wrong on all counts. Addressing widespread consumer confusion is one major reason why the FDA needs to move quickly to create a smart, uniform set of guidelines to regulate CBD. There are several others, including an alarming lack of science-backed research and reliable product safety information and testing.
STATE AUTHORITY
Fixated on DC, We Forget: States Hold Real Power
The Journal Gazette
November 12, 2019

It is rare to encounter someone who does not have a strong opinion or feel some angst about current affairs in Washington, D.C. Regardless of party or feelings toward President Donald Trump, the pitch of public debate is elevated.

The federal government affects our lives in numerous ways, its economic impact often at the heart of public opinion. But the true strength of our Republic lies in the inherent genius of our federal system.
PANAMA ATTORNEY GENERAL UPDATE
Panama Attorney General Kenia Porcell Says She Is Resigning
The New York Times
November 12, 2019

Panama's attorney general has told local media that she will resign after messages between her and former President Juan Carlos Varela were leaked.

Attorney General Kenia Porcell said that she is stepping down because she fears the leaks could affect the perception of her office's impartiality. She says her resignation will take effect Jan. 1.
CWAG Executive Committee
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