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Law journal symposium to tackle ‘Second Wave of Global Privacy Protection’

November 8, 2012 | Events

The Ohio State Law Journal will present a symposium Nov. 16 addressing the newest round of privacy initiatives, featuring keynote speakers, lawyers, technologists, and prominent experts in the private sector from the United States and abroad.

“The Second Wave of Global Privacy Protection,” which will be held at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, is an entirely free symposium for which CLE credits are available. Attendees are encouraged to register by Friday.

The first round of privacy initiatives came about in the 1990s. The 1995 European Data Protection Directive and U.S. laws, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), are but a few examples of legislation passed to address privacy in the digital age. This first wave of privacy protection was accompanied by significant legal discussion and scholarship in law review articles, symposia, and policy settings. However, during the years following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, legislation and attention to privacy issues cooled as security interests took center stage.

The world is now in the midst of a second wave of global privacy initiatives. There has been explosive growth in international data flows, online behavioral advertising, social networks, and mobile computing. The European Union has proposed a major overhaul of the 1995 directive, and comprehensive privacy laws have spread to numerous countries around the world. In the U.S., the Obama administration has proposed a privacy bill of rights for online commerce, and the Federal Trade Commission has pushed numerous privacy initiatives.

This symposium will bring together a unique set of speakers to address the second wave of global privacy protection. Keynote addresses, centered on “U.S. Government Views of the Global Privacy Situation,” will be given by Julie Brill, Federal Trade Commission chairman, and Daniel Weitzner, former deputy chief technology officer for Internet policy in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

In addition to the Moritz College of Law, co-sponsors include: Microsoft, Google, the Center for Interdisciplinary Law and Policy Studies, the International Law Society, and the Intellectual Property Law Society.