Nearly all companies face privacy and information governance issues as a result of the intersection of legacy, decentralized, and hosted databases. As technology continues to evolve, so too must every business, by considering and planning against privacy and cybersecurity risks. Information is its own currency, and an organization’s ability to protect and leverage its information assets is crucial to protecting its brand and reputation. The way to most effectively marshal information assets is to develop a holistic privacy and risk management structure.
Parallel to the rapid evolution of technology, the data privacy legal and regulatory landscape also continues to evolve – both in the U.S. and internationally. Companies that collect personal information for employees or customers should be aware of how the most recent changes may impact their collection, use, and transfer of data.
This session updates the overview of the current state of global privacy and risk management that Ms. Callahan and Ms. Wachs of Jenner & Block provided last year. The presenters discuss the current risk profile for privacy incidents, and ways to mitigate risk through information governance. During the presentation they also provide an overview of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield and the impending EU Global Data Protection Regulation. In addition, Ms. Callahan and Ms. Wachs detail the components of a comprehensive privacy program, including information technology tools and technical controls, and how each of these contributes to mitigating enterprise-wise privacy risk.
Heidi L. Wachs is a member of the firm's Privacy and Information Governance Practice. A nationally recognized leader in privacy, breach response and data security compliance, her wealth of experience includes serving as a privacy researcher and as chief privacy officer of a major university. Clients seek her counsel in data breach handling and recovery, information classification, information security and identity governance and administration. Ms. Wachs is a certified information privacy professional.
Ms. Wachs joined Jenner & Block after serving as an analyst for the identity and privacy strategies team with Gartner for Technical Professionals from 2012 to 2014. At Gartner, she researched, published and presented on issues of privacy and technology. Prior to her work as an analyst, Ms. Wachs founded and developed Georgetown University’s privacy program, serving as the university’s first chief privacy officer and director of IT policy from 2007-2012, and is recognized as a national leader on education privacy issues. Before serving at Georgetown, she was a government relations officer with EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association whose mission is to promote the intelligent use of information technology in higher education.
Mary Ellen Callahan, Chair of Jenner & Block’s Privacy and Information Governance Practice, has unique and broad experience advising clients at the interface of privacy protection with cybersecurity and national security issues. A nationally recognized privacy attorney with a decade and a half of outside counsel experience, she served as Chief Privacy Officer of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2009 until August 2012. She is a prolific writer and speaker on cutting-edge commercial privacy issues. She provides advice and counsel to an array of clients in industries that include media, public health and health care, manufacturing, online retail, government contracts, energy and other critical infrastructure sectors.
In 2015, Ms. Callahan was recognized by The National Law Journal as a “Trailblazer” in the regulatory and compliance area. In 2013, she accepted the highest award in the privacy industry, the Privacy Vanguard Award, given by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. The award honors the privacy professional who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, knowledge and creativity in privacy and data protection. In 2011, she received the select Federal 100 Award, which recognizes individuals in government and industry who have played pivotal roles in the federal government information systems community. Ms. Callahan’s work on integrating cybersecurity, transparency and privacy at the Department of Homeland Security was cited as the reason for her Federal 100 recognition. She is a prolific writer and speaker on privacy issues, including having testified before Congressional Committees numerous times in her capacity as Department of Homeland Security Chief Privacy/Chief FOIA Officer. Ms. Callahan has served as Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association's Privacy and Information Security Committee of the Antitrust Division; Co-chair of the Privacy Committee of the CIO Council, the principal interagency forum for improving agency practices related to the design, acquisition, development, modernization, use, sharing, and performance of Federal information resources; and Co-chair of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Subcommittee of the Information Sharing and Access Interagency Policy Committee. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US).
This course contains a lot of good information that can be used for various types of organizations. The topics were presented in a manner that made them easy to understand.
Excellent material, great presentation
Wow! Excellent; very thorough
This was terrific, speakers were very knowledgeable and information was presented in a very organized useful manner with dynamic delivery.
Great program both substantively and in the presentation
MaryEllen and Heidi are excellent! Very knowledgeable. Helpful program.
Excellent speakers and program
Absolutely fantastic presentation. The risk management aspects of this will really help me with my clients (particularly the talk about the upcoming GDPR).
The materials include slides that can provide the basis for compliance documents.
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