Week in Review

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Hurricane Sandy triggers responses by federal and state agencies, a federal judge curtails contraception mandate, and more.

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  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suspended clean fuel requirements on gasoline sold in northeastern states to mitigate anticipated shortages in the hurricane-stricken region.
  • The FTC prescribed best practices for companies using facial recognition technology, stipulating that products must be designed to take consumer privacy into account.
  • California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced plans to penalize mobile application developers and those behind apps that infringe on mobile device users’ privacy unless app developers respond to privacy concerns.
  • A federal judge exempted a Michigan company from the contraception mandate imposed earlier this year by the Department of Health and Human Services. See related The Regulatory Review essay.