ABA Jrnl: “Companies and their lawyers brace for wide-ranging EU data-privacy law” features Linda Priebe, CIPP/E

Jason Tashea reports for the  ABA Journal “With the May deadline looming, companies big and small are turning to their lawyers for guidance as they seek to comply with the new regulations. Additionally, European regulators, called data-protection authorities, are preparing for the post-GDPR era, in which they expect their enforcement authority to be significantly strengthened and expanded.”      *           *           *

“For those previously compliant with European privacy law, the GDPR should not be a big concern, says Linda Priebe, a partner at Culhane Meadows in Washington, D.C. However, she adds, “a lot of folks were caught asleep at the switch.” . . . .  Priebe says the GDPR applies to “any entity that has customers, employees or potential customers in the EU” or the European Economic Area.

The ABA Journal notes “In the United States, companies have struggled to adequately inform users of what data is collected and how it is used. Under the GDPR, a company must gain a user’s consent to collect their data through “a clear, affirmative act that is freely given, specific and informed,” Priebe says.   See the whole ABA Journal article here

Linda V. Priebe, JD, CIPP/E is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E) and US data privacy and security compliance and federal relations attorney. She is former Deputy General Counsel, Ethics Official, and digital and social media counsel at the White House Office of Drug Policy (ONDCP) 1999-2013. She also served as Ethics Advisor in the White House Office of the Counsel to the President. Linda was counsel for the government in a dozen cases including before the United States Supreme Court.

At Culhane Meadows Linda helps global businesses including SaaS providers, telecommunications companies, digital advertisers, employers, internet retailers, software developers and technology startups avoid costly legal mistakes from falling out of compliance with the flood of new international laws governing data privacy and security. With her 14 years of federal service spanning 3 Presidential administrations Linda is also a highly skilled and effective advocate before government agencies and policy makers.

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