DASHBOARD Act Requires Companies Disclose How They are Using Personal Data and for How Much – The DASHBOARD Act Explained

The newly introduced DASHBOARD (Designing Accounting Safeguards to Help Broaden Oversight And Regulations on Data) Act, introduced by Senators Mark Warner (Democrat from Virginia) and Josh Hawley (Republican from Missouri), requires companies to tell users not only exactly what they are doing with their personal date, but also to tell them how much their personal…

Can Congress Override a Bill if the President Doesn’t Sign it and Doesn’t Return It with Objections? Vetoes Explained in Plain English

Given the current standoff between the House, the Senate (collectively ‘Congress’) and the President over the appropriations in the budget bill, we thought it appropriate to address exactly what is and isn’t a veto, a pocket veto, and a protective return veto or protective return pocket veto. First a review in case the last time…

Attorney-Client Privilege and Confidentiality Explained in Plain English

The attorney-client privilege is, in essence, the right of both the client and the attorney to be sure that information that the client provides to their attorney cannot be accessed by third parties. Attorney-client privilege is actually an evidentiary rule, that is, a rule of law. This is different from an attorney’s duty of confidentiality…

Full Text of the Mueller Report on Presidential Obstruction of Justice – with Plain English Explanation

Below is the full, searchable text of the Mueller Report, Volume II, which is the section regarding whether or not President Trump committed obstruction of justice (Volume I is about whether Russia colluded with the Trump campaign). Here is what you need to understand before delving into the report: The Federal Office of Legal Counsel…

Why I am Explaining the Law

Hi! Welcome to Explaining the Law! I’ve been a lawyer for more than 25 years (see my CV here), and between my law practice, and teaching as a law professor, I’ve become pretty good at providing clear, easy-to-understand, plain English explanations of law, legal decisions, and other legally-related things. I’ve been asked if there will…

Other Countries Can Now Spy on Their U.S.-based Citizens and Vice Versa: The CLOUD Act Explained in Plain English with Full Text

The Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act, or CLOUD Act, has been law for a little over a year now, and yet very few people realize the full ramifications of the CLOUD Act, if they know about it at all. A plain English explanation of the CLOUD Act follows, along with the full text…