Subjects covered will include privacy considerations and EU data protection rules, compliance with them, and the proper response by corporations to US litigation and regulatory matters involving data held in the EU.
These subjects increase in importance each year. US courts and regulators are becoming more demanding whilst, simultaneously, EU countries become more and more protective of data held within their borders.
Although the issues are hardly new, each year seems to bring fresh audiences to whom the whole subject is new, and shockingly so – “shocking” is a strong word, but does not overstate the reaction of US lawyers and their clients who learn for the first time at conferences like this of the constraints imposed by EU laws. The double session should give us the opportunity to cover both the basics for those for whom it is new and more advanced ideas for those who are familiar with the base problem.
I say “us” because I am one of the panellists. The rest of the EU team comprises Senior Master Whitaker and Vince Neicho of Allen & Overy, whilst the US is represented by Judge Peck, Magistrate Judge, Southern District of New York, Browning Marean, Partner, DLA Piper LLP, George Rudoy, Director of Practice Support, Shearman & Sterling LLP and Florinda Baldridge, Director of Practice Support, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP.
Regular readers will recognise most of these names – I have been fortunate to have sat on panels with each of them in various corners of the world, most recently when George Rudoy and I were part of the panel on EU discovery at Virtual LegalTech.
It will be good to have the luxury of the double session at LegalTech and I hope that as many of you as possible will come, not just to listen but to join in the discussions.