Alston & Bird Hosts John Frank of Microsoft to Kick Off IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2018

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Alston & Bird’s annual event to kick off the IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2018 featured a fireside chat with John Frank, Vice-President, EU Government Affairs at Microsoft. Moderated by Peter Swire, Senior Counsel at Alston & Bird, the discussion provided practical insights into areas that are expected to shape privacy and data protection around the world. Mr. Frank also discussed Microsoft’s approach to global compliance amidst a wide array of privacy and data protection laws and regulations. John Frank John Frank leads Microsoft’s government affairs teams in Brussels […] Read more

Alston & Bird Hosts Webinar on Binding Corporate Rules – The Benefits Go Far Beyond Data Transfers

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Binding corporate rules (BCRs) are a legally recognized mechanism that facilitate intra-group transfers of personal data from the European Economic Area (EEA) to the rest of the world. Adopting BCRs not only allows for the free flow of information across an organization but also builds a strong digital culture which is crucial in this data intensive world. On Nov. 7th at 1-2 pm ET, join partners Jan Dhont and Jim Harvey, and senior counsel Peter Swire in an engaging discussion on the evolution of BCRs, the path to BCRs (including the application process), and the realities of embedding the elements […] Read more

David Keating, Jan Dhont and Karen Sanzaro to Speak at the 2017 Privacy + Security Forum

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David Keating, partner and co-leader of the firm’s Privacy & Data Security practice, Jan Dhont, Brussels partner and head of the firm’s European Privacy and Data Protection practice, and Karen Sanzaro, counsel in the Technology & Privacy Group, will be speakers at the 2017 Privacy + Security Forum in Washington, DC, taking place on October 4-6, 2017. David Keating will be speaking during the session on “Emerging Consumer Tracking and Analytics Technologies.” This session will explore recent regulatory and enforcement developments in this area and discuss practical approaches [...] Read more

Kim Peretti Named to Cybersecurity Docket’s “Incident Response 30”

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Kim Peretti, partner and co-chair of Alston & Bird’s Cybersecurity Preparedness & Response Team, has been named to Cybersecurity Docket’s inaugural “Incident Response 30.” Described by the publication as the “30 best and brightest data breach response lawyers,” the list “honors incident response attorneys and compliance professionals who not only have the right stuff to manage a data breach response, but are also the kind of professionals who are critical to have on speed-dial when the inevitable data breach occurs.” Cybersecurity Docket is a comprehensive and timely [...] Read more

IBM and Alston & Bird Webinar: Cybersecurity Preparedness and Incident Response – On a Global Basis – March 29

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IBM and Alston & Bird will host a webinar on Tuesday, March 29.  Security incidents are increasingly taking on a global flavor, as multi-national companies continue to expand their data footprint across the globe. At the same time, a number of countries are passing new laws and regulations regarding cybersecurity preparedness and breach notification. The response to an international cyber incident is even further complicated by differing regulatory and cultural expectations, time zone differences, privacy obligations and more issues that companies struggle with, but aren’t sure how to address. This [...] Read more

Kim Peretti on Panel at 2016 Georgetown Law Women’s Forum

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Kim Peretti was a featured speaker at Georgetown Law’s 2016 Women’s Forum, titled "Opportunities in a Changing World," held on March 4. This annual program features dynamic speakers on several interactive panels. Ms. Peretti’s panel was titled "Grappling with Legal Issues in Cybersecurity" and discussed the evolving legal specialty of cybersecurity, including: whether it is necessary to have a scientific or technical background to be effective as a cybersecurity lawyer; where the field is moving in the next 5-10 years; and the greatest challenges for women in this field. In [...] Read more

Managing the E.U. Data Transfer Landscape

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On January 28, Alston & Bird presented “Practical and Strategic Considerations in Today’s EU Data Transfer Landscape.” The panel addressed new laws and breaking events in European Union data privacy. The panel reviewed the status of talks around a revised “Safe Harbor 2.0” following the invalidation of Safe Harbor last October. The panel offered strategic next steps for dealing with data transfers whether or not U.S. and E.U. officials agree to a revised Safe Harbor framework. (At the time of this post, it appears that a revised Safe Harbor 2.0 framework has been agreed.) Other [...] Read more

FTC PrivacyCon Event Examines Cutting-Edge Research and Current Policies Regarding Privacy and Data Security

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The Federal Trade Commission held its PrivacyCon event, featuring nineteen presentations showcasing original research regarding important consumer privacy and security issues by leading academics from universities and think tanks from around the world. A full video recording of the webcast is available here. The conference took place in Washington on Jan. 14, 2016, and included discussion about the policy implications of the research being conducted with thought leaders from academia, research, consumer advocacy, and industry. FTC Commissioner Julie Brill succinctly outlined the top concerns [...] Read more

Senior Counsel Peter Swire to Debate European Privacy Activist Max Schrems

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Peter Swire, Alston & Bird Senior Counsel and Huang Professor of Law and Ethics at the Georgia Institute of Technology Scheller College of Business, will debate privacy activist Max Schrems on January 26, 2015 in Brussels, Belgium.  The event, sponsored by the Brussels Privacy Hub at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, will take place at the Belgium Permanent Representative to the EU and is a pre-conference launch event to the Computers, Privacy & Data Protection 2016 conference taking place in Brussels on January 27-29.  (Peter Swire will also participate in two sessions at the conference: [...] Read more

Swire and Future of Privacy Forum Release White Paper for E.U. Regulators on U.S. Surveillance Law and Safe Harbor

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Peter Swire, Alston & Bird Senior Counsel and professor at Georgia Institute of Technology Scheller College of Business, has released a new white paper through the Future of Privacy Forum titled “U.S. Surveillance Law, Safe Harbor, and Reforms Since 2013.” The paper is a submission to a forum sponsored by the Belgian Privacy Commission on “the consequences of the judgment in the Schrems case.” The October Schrems decision by the European Court of Justice invalidated the U.S.-E.U. Safe Harbor framework and has been previously discussed here. Swire’s new white paper disputes the [...] Read more