Data Privacy – two little words with many meanings and huge consequences.
For those companies who do business in Europe, the recently passed EU General Data Protection Regulation has major implications regarding the handling and protection of data. There are significant penalties associated with the mishandling of data, including data breaches which unfortunately have become a daily headline.
In the United States, the picture can be even more confusing. There is no overriding national law which covers data privacy. Companies need to be aware of the Federal Trade Commission Act, the Financial Services Modernization Act, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and other federal regulations. And this doesn’t even include regulations issued by any of the fifty states.
This is not an issue that is relegated to lawyers. IT Asset Managers have a crucial role to play in insuring that company and customer data is handled properly, is well protected, and the risk to the enterprise is minimized.
In the 6th webinar of our series, we will explore the nexus of data privacy and IT asset management. Our guest speaker for this webinar is Ms. Ann LaFrance. Ms. LaFrance is a partner in the London office of Squire Patton Boggs, where she co-chairs the Firm’s global Data Privacy and Cyber Security Group and leads the EMEA Communications Law Practice. Ann has more than three decades of experience advising clients on policy, regulatory and compliance matters affecting the ICT sector, including data protection, privacy and cybersecurity.
Ann began her law firm career in Washington, DC. From 1996-2004, she worked in-house as Chief International Counsel of MCI Communications Corp. (now Verizon), based in Brussels and London. In that role, Ann was responsible for developing the company’s policies for implementing the EU data protection rules at the national level and oversaw roll-out of the company’s global compliance programme. Since her return to private practice in 2004, Ann has advised a broad range of tech, telecoms and multinational clients on compliance and public advocacy initiatives relating to local and transnational e-privacy, data protection, data transfers, data retention, cybersecurity, data breach response, encryption and related e-commerce laws and regulations. She now leads the Firm’s GDPR compliance team advising clients on the interpretation and implementation of this complex new Regulation.
Ann is a frequent speaker on topics relating to data privacy and cybersecurity. She has been recommended by Chambers UK and was selected as the exclusive winner of the 2014 and 2015 Client Choice Award for UK communications law.