Hogan Lovells Privacy and Information Management Director Chris Wolf will moderate a free IAPP teleconference this Thursday, June 20, at 4 PM EDT on “The Implications of the NSA Leaks for Privacy Professionals.”
Chambers USA and Legal 500 US recently released their 2013 rankings, and we are pleased to announce that Hogan Lovells’ Privacy and Information Management practice received the recognition of Band 1 by Chambers USA and Tier 1 by Legal 500 US. Also, both of its practice leaders, Marcy Wilder and Chris Wolf, have been selected for top rankings among privacy law practitioners by Chambers and “Leading Lawyers” by Legal 500.
A meeting in London to discuss the contours of a use-based model as an approach to data protection is occurring today. Approximately thirty regulators, industry officials, advocates, and academics are participating, including Hogan Lovells partner Chris Wolf. The meeting is being hosted by the Privacy Projects and is being moderated by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Professor of Internet Governance and [...]
Hogan Lovells has published a White Paper demonstrating that, contrary to recent reports, the limitations applied to U.S. law enforcement access to data stored in the Cloud during national security and foreign intelligence investigation surpass in many cases restrictions applied during similar investigations in other countries. “A Sober Look at National Security Access to Data in the Cloud,” written by Christopher Wolf and Winston Maxwell, lawyers in Hogan Lovells’ Privacy and Information Management Practice based out of the Washington D.C. and Paris offices, was released today at a panel of the authors which was presented by the OpenForum Academy in Brussels. The authors also will discuss the paper tomorrow in Paris at a roundtable discussion comparing U.S. and French government access to data in the cloud presented by the American Chamber of Commerce in France.
On April 25, Hogan Lovells partner Harriet Pearson testified before the US House of Representatives on the relationship between cybersecurity and privacy in business. The Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies of the House Committee on Homeland Security held a hearing on “Striking the Right Balance: Protecting our Nation’s Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Attack and Ensuring Privacy and Civil Liberties” to examine existing privacy protections and learn more about potential improvements. Pearson first outlined several cybersecurity-related measures that may require access to personal information, and thus potentially implicate privacy concerns. Pearson then offered her views on steps business and government can take to incorporate respect for privacy into enhanced cybersecurity.
With cybersecurity now ranked as the top concern for general counsel and corporate board members, and with the regulatory and legislative landscape so active (e.g., the House’s passage of CISPA and the President’s Executive Order), Hogan Lovells is proud to be a sponsor of the inaugural Cybersecurity Law Institute, to be held at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC, on May 22–23, 2013.
Anonymity can provide internet users with benefits but can also facilitate the publishing of hurtful or hateful comments online, reports Hogan Lovells privacy leader Chris Wolf in a recent post on the blog of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, Privacy Perspectives. The post discusses Chris’ new book investigating online hate speech, Viral Hate: Containing its Spread on the Internet, with a focus on the tension between online anonymity and the prevention of hate speech.
Hogan Lovells today announced the formation of the Coalition for Privacy and Free Trade. The formation of the new coalition follows the announcement by President Obama that the United States and the European Union soon will commence negotiations for a Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement (formally, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)), and Japan’s announcement of its [...]
Privacy and trade will be considered as linked issues during the looming EU-U.S. trade negotiations, reports Hogan Lovells privacy leader Chris Wolf in one of the inaugural blog posts on the first-ever blog of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, Privacy Perspectives, which just launched. An investigation has begun at the United States International Trade [...]
The February 21 edition of The Corporate Counsel.Net blog presents an audio interview with Hogan Lovells partner Harriet Pearson in which the following topics are addressed: Why cybersecurity is a hot topic for lawyers now, and not just IT staff. The signficance of recent interactions on this topic between Senator Rockefeller and the CEOs of the [...]
On February 28, Hogan Lovells will present a timely and complimentary program: “Hacked? What’s Next? Handling Cybersecurity Breaches in 2013.” Cybersecurity experts have said it is not a matter of “if” but “when” a company will have to address a security breach. With regulations tightening in Europe and in the United States, the responsibility for handling and preventing these [...]
Noting that security incidents affecting information systems “are becoming bigger, more frequent, and more complex,” and that the majority of respondents to its consultation on the topic reported having experienced such an incident in the past year, today the European Commission released a proposal for a Directive “concerning measures to ensure a high common level [...]
Today the FTC released Mobile Privacy Disclosures: Building Trust Through Transparency, a report containing recommendations for the mobile industry. The report encourages mobile app platforms to play a significant role in providing consumers with privacy-related information, devoting more pages to recommendations for platforms than it does for developers, ad networks, third-party service providers, and trade [...]
Cybersecurity is on the 113th Congress’ agenda given recent developments in the U.S. Senate. Today Senator Rockefeller, Chairman of the Commerce Committee, released a staff memorandum presenting the responses his office received to his September 2012 letter regarding cybersecurity practices. The letter, which we discussed in a previous post, went to the CEOs of every Fortune 500 company and requested responses to eight questions [...]
Yesterday in Spain, the Government Department for Telecommunications and Information Society hosted an event to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the introduction of the first Spanish data protection law and also to recognize EU Data Protection Day. Information about the event, titled: “20 years of data protection in Spain” is available (in Spanish) here. The first Spanish data [...]
Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler, current President of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), has made “Privacy in the Digital Age” his presidential initiative for 2013. As part of the presidential initiative, NAAG will host a number of privacy-focused events throughout the year, including a three-day conference this April. On Monday, January 28th, [...]
Hogan Lovells Privacy Leader Christopher Wolf, founder and co-chair of the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), a Washington, DC-based think tank dedicated to advancing personal privacy, convened a “Who’s Who” of governmental privacy officials at an FPF session in Brussels on 23 January to discuss the proposed EU General Data Protection Regulation. Chis led the session with FPF Senior Fellow [...]
U.S. Ambassador to the European Union William E. Kennard spoke yesterday at Forum Europe’s 3rd Annual European Data Protection and Privacy Conference and called for a finding by the EU that the privacy protections in the United States are “adequate,” thus allowing cross-border transfers of personal data without separate legal mechanisms. Canada, Uruguay and Israel are among the [...]
Duke Law School is hosting the Protected-Privacy Data Conference on November 29–30, 2012, addressing a range of privacy issues including especially U.S. litigation conflicts between discovery and foreign privacy protections, secrecy, and blocking laws. The event is part of The Duke Conference: Bench-Bar-Academy Distinguished Lawyers’ Series. Hogan Lovells partner Chris Wolf will participate on two panels [...]
On Friday, November 9th, the Harvard Law Review held a symposium on privacy and technology. Hogan Lovells Senior Policy Advisor, Professor Dan Solove, helped the editors organize the event. This blog entry contains links to papers presented at the symposium.
The 2012 elections are over. This blog entry analyzes the implications for privacy and cybersecurity in Washington and beyond.
This blog entry contains the prepared remarks of Hogan Lovells Privacy and Information Management practice director Christopher Wolf on “Privacy and Technology in Balance” to be delivered at the opening plenary session of the 34th Annual Conference of Data Protection Authorities and Privacy Commissioners in Punta del Este, Uruguay.
At a meeting of civil society in Uruguay today, Article 29 Working Party Chair Jacob Konstamm decried the “fierce lobbying” by the US government and IT companies on the pending EU Regulation and spoke directly to the issue of the explicit consent requirement in the proposed Regulation; the definition of personal data; and the issue of purpose limitation.
On September 22, scholars gathered at George Mason University to present research papers on the right to be forgotten, HTTPS security, accessing data in the cloud, and “option value” as applied to privacy choices. This blog entry summarizes the program and links to the insightful papers.