Cybersecurity, Privacy and Communications REGULATORY AND GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

WilmerHale's Cybersecurity, Privacy and Communications Practice represents sophisticated, high-profile clients on a wide range of challenges—from routine matters to cutting-edge issues where the law is unclear and the enforcement risks are high. Our internationally recognized team, composed of lawyers from different practice areas and offices, possesses a mix of counseling, regulatory, litigation, enforcement and transactional knowledge.

Our clients include leading companies in nearly every industry—technology companies, communications and Internet providers, financial institutions, media companies, government contractors, healthcare companies, retailers, manufacturers, online service providers, social networks, e-commerce companies and many others. This diversity gives us a broad perspective and enables us to spot and address unique and complex issues. Our practice also leverages WilmerHale's renowned capabilities in dealing with sector-specific regulatory authorities at the state, federal and international levels. We regularly engage with regulators that—with increasing vigor—are exercising oversight and enforcement powers on the privacy, cybersecurity and communications practices of the companies under their jurisdiction.

The team's insight and analysis can be seen on the WilmerHale Privacy and Cybersecurity Law Blog and on Twitter: @WHCyberPrivacy.

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Gorelick, Jamie

Jamie Gorelick

Chair, Regulatory and Government Affairs Department

Co-Chair, Strategic Response Group

+1 202 663 6500 (t)

jamie.gorelick@wilmerhale.com

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D. Reed Freeman, Jr.

Co-Chair, Cybersecurity, Privacy and Communications Practice

+1 202 663 6267 (t)

reed.freeman@wilmerhale.com

Powell, Benjamin A.

Benjamin A. Powell

Co-Chair, Cybersecurity, Privacy and Communications Practice

+1 202 663 6770 (t)

benjamin.powell@wilmerhale.com

Publications & News

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August 5, 2016

Department of Commerce Now Accepting Privacy Shield Self-Certifications: A Primer for Compliance and Self-Certification

The Privacy Shield framework is a voluntary program that provides companies with a mechanism for complying with EU data protection requirements when transferring personal data from the EU to the US. The framework is open to businesses subject to the enforcement jurisdiction of the US Federal Trade Commission or the US Department of Transportation.

July 14, 2016

Jamie Gorelick Discusses the Birth of Cybersecurity

The interview showcases her presence during the creation of the federal government's cybersecurity efforts as the Internet was emerging as a global force.

July 13, 2016

Civil Fines Jump Across Agencies Under Inflation Adjustment Act

Civil fines across federal agencies have recently been increased dramatically under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Act) (Sec. 701 of Public Law 114-74), with some more than doubling. Companies violating the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Improvements Act, the Securities and Exchange Act, or the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), among others, could soon face civil monetary penalties that are up to 150% higher than the existing levels. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the 2015 Act would increase the federal government's revenue by $1.3 billion over the next ten years.

June 24, 2016

Brexit – Major Upheaval and Change

As the UK leaves the EU, in light of the seismic result of the recent United Kingdom referendum, there will be an immense amount to do, for the UK and the remaining EU, and for companies that are either based in, or have interests in the UK.

June 22, 2016

The Legal 500 United States 2016 Recognizes 111 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 30 Practice Areas

The guide's rankings are based on a series of criteria, including client feedback, interviews with private practice lawyers, and its own research.

June 3, 2016

CFIUS Actions Highlight Focus on Critical Technologies and Infrastructure

In its latest report to Congress, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, the US government's interagency body that vets foreign investment with national security implications, reported that it reviewed a record 147 notices in 2014, a 52% increase from 2013.

May 27, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2016 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2016 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 47 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 82 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

May 17, 2016

Final Government Contractor Basic Data Security Rule Issued

On May 16, the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) Council published the final FAR rule on Basic Safeguarding of Contractor Information Systems. The rule is intended to prescribe “the most basic level” of safeguards, “reflective of actions a prudent business person would employ.”

May 16, 2016

Congress Creates Federal Right of Action for Trade Secret Misappropriation

On May 11, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, which enables companies to go to federal court to sue for misappropriation of trade secrets.

April 12, 2016

Jamie Gorelick to Discuss Privacy and Security Issues at the Trilateral Commission 2016 Plenary Meeting

WilmerHale Partner Jamie Gorelick will speak at the Trilateral Commission 2016 Plenary Meeting as a member of the distinguished panel entitled “The Impact of Big Data on Privacy and Security.”

Recognition

  • The Legal 500 United States recognized our group in the 2015 edition of its annual guidebook in the technology: data protection and privacy, and telecoms and broadcast: regulatory categories. Individually, Reed Freeman was recognized as a Leading Lawyer in the data protection and privacy space. Heather Zachary and Benjamin Powell have also been recognized as leading attorneys in recent editions.
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers in Business has recognized our group in the media and entertainment and telecom, broadcast and satellite categories for several years, dubbing us "a solid media law practice with recognized expertise in IP, antitrust and defamation litigation" and "a very strong firm in telecommunications" in recent editions. Individually, Partner Pat Carome is recognized as "a highly regarded media law litigator with experience at both trial and appellate level," Heather Zachary is noted for her regulatory work on behalf of communications clients, and Reed Freeman is recognized as a "strong lawyer" with a wealth of experience in matters before the FTC and draws particular praise for his knowledge of privacy laws concerning advertising, social media and mobile devices.
  • Chambers Global: World's Leading Lawyers for Business recognized Reed Freeman for his privacy and data security practice in its 2016 edition, citing his "expertise in the advertising and direct marketing space" and "his vast experience in the representation of clients before the FTC and state attorneys general." 
  • In the 2014 Best Law Firm rankings by U.S. News and Best Lawyers, our communications law practice is ranked in the first tier nationally and in Washington DC.