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Kirk Nahra Discusses Trump’s Executive Order Aimed at Cutting Government Regulations

February 1, 2017

Kirk J. Nahra, chair of Wiley Rein’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice and co-chair of the Health Care Practice, was quoted in a January 31 Law360 article regarding the Trump Administration’s new executive order (EO) requiring that two existing regulations be eliminated for every new regulation that is enacted.  The EO has caused confusion and concern about the government’s ability to regulate new and rapidly changing technologies such as the Internet of Things.

“We really have no idea how this order will play out in practice,” said Mr. Nahra. “There’s no realistic basis to decide what is 'one regulation' at this time — for example, is the whole HIPAA Privacy Rule one regulation, or would any change to the rule be its own regulation?”  He also pointed out it remains to be seen how any of this will be implemented.