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.

Contacts

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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

Braun, Martin

Dr. Martin Braun

Partner

+49 69 27 10 78 207 (t)

martin.braun@wilmerhale.com

Chipman, Jason C.

Jason C. Chipman

Special Counsel

+1 202 663 6195 (t)

jason.chipman@wilmerhale.com

Hurewitz, Barry J.

Barry J. Hurewitz

Partner

+1 202 663 6089 (t)

barry.hurewitz@wilmerhale.com

Zachary, Heather

Heather Zachary

Partner

+1 202 663 6794 (t)

heather.zachary@wilmerhale.com

Publications & News

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November 10, 2017

Serendipity and Internet Law: How the 'Zeran v. AOL' Landmark Almost Wasn't

In this article published in The Recorder, co-author Patrick Carome discusses the landmark ruling in Zeran v. AOL, a pillar of the legal framework that has permitted revolutionary services such as Google, Facebook and Twitter to exist and thrive.

November 1, 2017

FERC Proposes Updates to Critical Infrastructure Protection Standards for Cybersecurity of Low Impact Bulk Electric System Operators

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission published a notice of proposed rulemaking on October 26, suggesting updates to the Critical Infrastructure Protection Reliability Standard governing cybersecurity management controls for bulk electric system assets, called CIP-003.

October 11, 2017

Brexit and Data Protection: The UK Government's New Data Protection Bill

The UK government has taken an additional step in its attempts to find a way to ensure uninterrupted data flows between the UK and the EU after Brexit. On 13 September 2017, the UK government introduced a draft Data Protection Bill to the UK Parliament, accompanied by explanatory notes.

September 26, 2017

Trump Administration Imposes Broad New Sanctions Against North Korea

Over the past several years, as North Korea has increased the capability of its nuclear and ballistic missile program, there has been a steady increase in sanctions pressure against North Korea by the United States and the broader international community. In response to the latest provocations from North Korea, late last week President Trump declared that it was time to “maximize pressure” on North Korea and signed a new Executive Order.

September 18, 2017

EU to Establish a Framework for Screening Foreign Direct Investment

On September 13, 2017, the European Commission issued a proposal for a Regulation establishing a framework for screening foreign direct investment in the European Union.

September 1, 2017

Market Intelligence: Privacy & Cybersecurity Global Trends

An article by Jason Chipman and Benjamin Powell, published in Market Intelligence: Privacy & Cybersecurity (Getting The Deal Through).

September 1, 2017

Market Intelligence: Privacy & Cybersecurity in Germany

An interview with Martin Braun, published in Market Intelligence: Privacy & Cybersecurity (Getting The Deal Through).

September 1, 2017

Market Intelligence: Privacy & Cybersecurity in the United States

An interview with Jason Chipman and Benjamin Powell, published in Market Intelligence: Privacy & Cybersecurity (Getting The Deal Through).

September 1, 2017

Market Intelligence: Privacy and Cybersecurity in Belgium and the EU

An interview with Christian Duvernoy, Frédéric Louis, Anne Vallery and Itsiq Benizri, published in Market Intelligence: Privacy and Cybersecurity (Getting The Deal Through).

July 31, 2017

President Expected to Sign New Sanctions Bill to Constrain Presidential Authority While Expanding "Sanctions Toolkit" for Russia, Iran, and North Korea

On July 27, the US Senate passed the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, a comprehensive sanctions bill that expands US sanctions against three countries: Russia, Iran and North Korea.

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." 
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" ranked our advertising law practice in the first tier, both nationally and in Washington DC, on its 2017 list. Past editions have also recognized our general communications law practice.