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Privacy & Data Breach 101

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Produced on August 28, 2017

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Course Information

Time 61 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

Course Description

Thanks to high-profile data breaches of personal information impacting millions of people, data privacy has garnered increasing attention by consumers, legislators, regulators, and corporate Boards of Directors. Privacy is governed by a complex patchwork quilt of U.S. federal, U.S. state, and international laws, regulations, self-regulatory regimes and industry standards and best practices. The increased attention to data privacy has led to a rapidly evolving legal landscape.

As the “rules of the road” for data privacy continue to shift, technology also is evolving – as are the vectors for cyberattacks resulting in a data breach.  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. There are a number of steps that businesses and organizations should take to proactively protect their information assets, including developing a comprehensive privacy program and incident response plan. When an organization suspects or confirms a data breach, there are a number of reactive steps that should, and must, be taken as well.

This course, presented by Nancy C. Libin and Heidi Wachs of Jenner & Block, will provide an overview of the current legal and regulatory data privacy landscape. They will explain how the current legal framework has evolved and how the many requirements can be incorporated into a comprehensive privacy program that helps companies prepare for a data breach. Ms. Libin and Ms. Wachs will then walk participants through the process of responding to and investigating a breach and provide insight as to what business units and third parties should be engaged.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Obtain an overview of the current state of data privacy laws and regulations
  2. Grasp how to proactively prepare for a data breach, including through developing a comprehensive privacy program
  3. Understand best practices and legal and regulatory requirements for responding to a data breach

Credit Information

This course is pre-approved for CLE credit in the following states. If your state is not listed, contact support for more information on how to receive credit


Heidi L. Wachs

Jenner & Block

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.

Nancy C. Libin

Jenner & Block LLP

Nancy C. Libin is co-chair of the Privacy and Information Governance Practice and a member of the Communications, Internet & Technology Practice. Clients seek her counsel on a variety of legal and policy issues related to data privacy, national security and cybersecurity. A former chief privacy and civil liberties officer of the US Department of Justice (DOJ), she provides in-depth advice to communications and technology clients on privacy and national security law and policy and advises technology companies on the privacy implications of the collection and use of data, including issues surrounding the growing “Internet of Things.” She also assists companies as they face government investigations and enforcement proceedings.

In her three years as the chief privacy and civil liberties officer at the Justice Department, she was the principal privacy adviser to the deputy attorney general. In that role, she focused on the intersection of privacy and the use of technology, including such issues as electronic surveillance, cloud computing, location privacy, data breach, cybersecurity and international data protection. While at DOJ, she was involved in bilateral and multilateral negotiations with foreign governments with respect to data protection agreements that govern and facilitate cross-border information flows.

Before working at DOJ, Ms. Libin was counsel to then-Senator Joe Biden on the US Senate Judiciary Committee, helping Sen. Biden draft legislation and advising him on a range of issues, including privacy, electronic surveillance, civil liberties, national security and constitutional law. Ms. Libin also worked on digital privacy, Internet policy and consumer data protection as staff counsel at the Center for Democracy and Technology, a public policy organization that focuses on privacy and Internet law. Ms. Libin began her career as an associate at a large law firm in Washington, DC.

Before joining Jenner & Block in 2015, Ms. Libin led the privacy practice at a boutique law firm focused on telecommunications.


Victoria E.

Excellent overview of data privacy issues and recommendations for corporate policy

Amy G.

Super informative!

Randi M.

Faculty did a great job of imparting all of the key information at a sufficiently detailed level for issue-spotting and much more.

Jonathan C. D.

well done, very informative

Lisa L.

This was a great walk through for data breaches.

Stephen M.

This helped me study for the CIPP/US exam, and I imagine I'll review when I take the CIPM, too.

George N.

Excellent program and materials. Thank you.

Merrick W.

Very informative.

katherine m.

This was a great overview - very informative and comprehensive.

Richard G.

Solid program. Timely, informative.

Larry G.

Outstanding course!

Thaddeus A.

As a CISSP, I found this useful

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