New regs for Friday: Movie theaters, privacy, health

Friday’s edition of the Federal Register contains new rules for movie theaters, privacy requirements for internet service providers and health insurance for the children of same-sex partners who work for the government.

Here’s what is happening:

Movies: The Department of Justice (DOJ) is moving forward with new requirements for movie theaters.

Movie theaters must now provide closed captioning and audio descriptions for customers who are deaf or blind.

The rule goes into effect in 45 days.

Health: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will continue providing health insurance for the children of the same-sex partners of federal workers who are living overseas, even if their parents are not married.

Following the Supreme Court decision to allow gay marriage, the federal government stopped providing coverage for the children of unmarried same-sex partners earlier this year. But the OPM announced Thursday an extension for federal workers living overseas.

These children will now be covered through September 2018, the agency said.

“OPM recognizes there are additional requirements placed on overseas federal employees that may not apply to other civilian employees with duty stations in the United States making it difficult to travel to the United States to marry same-sex partners,” the agency wrote.

The extension goes into effect immediately.

Privacy: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is moving forward with new privacy rules for Internet service providers and telecommunications companies.

The privacy requirements are intended to protect customers’ information.

“The privacy framework in these rules focuses on transparency, choice, and data security, and provides heightened protection for sensitive customer information, consistent with customer expectations,” the agency said.

The rule goes into effect in 30 days.