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Daniel J Solove

Daniel Solove -- privacy and security training

Daniel J. Solove is the John Marshall Harlan Research Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School.

He is the founder of TeachPrivacy, and serves as President and CEO. Through TeachPrivacy, Professor Solove provides privacy training and data security training to companies in many industries. Clients include many large global Fortune 500 companies.  He provides HIPAA training to hospitals health plans, and business associates. For colleges and universities as well as K-12 schools, he provides FERPA training and other forms of privacy and security training.  He also provides training to government entities.

One of the world’s leading experts in privacy law, Solove is the author of numerous books, including Nothing to Hide: The False Tradeoff Between Privacy and Security (Yale 2011), Understanding Privacy (Harvard 2008), The Future of Reputation: Gossip and Rumor in the Information Age (Yale 2007) (winner of the 2007 McGannon Award), and The Digital Person: Technology and Privacy in the Information Age (NYU 2004). He was chosen by the American Law Institute (ALI) to serve as co-reporter on the ALI’s Restatement Third: Information Privacy Principles.

Professor Solove is also the author of the textbook, Information Privacy Law with Aspen Publishing Co. now in its fifth edition, with co-author Paul Schwartz. This 1200-page textbook is the most widely-used casebook about information privacy law in the world. Along with Schwartz, Solove is also the author of several other textbooks, including Privacy and the Media (2nd edition, Aspen Publishing Co. 2015), Consumer Privacy and Data Protection (1st edition, Aspen Publishing Co. 2015), and Privacy, Law Enforcement, and National Security (1st edition, Aspen Publishing Co. 2015). Additionally, he is the author of the short treatise, Privacy Law Fundamentals (IAPP 2015), now in its third edition.

Professor Solove also organizes five major conferences per year. The largest event is the Privacy + Security Forum, an annual event that seeks to break down the silos between privacy and security. In 2015, the event had about 500 participants and about 200 speakers, including CPOs and CISOs, policymakers from the FTC, FCC, HHS, DOJ, White House, and NIST, and law firm privacy and security practice chairs.

Solove was selected by LinkedIn to be one of its “Influencers.” On his LinkedIn blog, which has more than 1 million followers, Solove writes about privacy and data security issues.

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Solove has published more than 50 articles and essays, which have appeared in leading law reviews such as the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, Columbia Law Review, California Law Review, Michigan Law Review, NYU Law Review, and University of Pennsylvania Law Review. He has also written for Scientific American, the Washington Post, and several other popular periodicals.

His work has won numerous awards, including the McGannon Award, Microsoft’s Privacy Enhancing Technologies Award, and the Field Prize. The Wall Street Journal describes Solove as “one of the few [who] truly understands the intersection of law and technology.”

His work has been cited in more than 2000 articles and books, excerpted in many casebooks, and discussed in many judicial opinions, including those by the U.S. Supreme Court, federal courts of appeal, district courts, and state supreme courts.

Professor Solove serves on the advisory boards of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Future of Privacy Forum, and the Law and Humanities Institute. He is a fellow at the Ponemon Institute and at the Yale Law School’s Information Society Project.

Professor Solove has testified before Congress and before government committees, including the National Committee on Vital Health Statistics. He has contributed to several amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court. He has been involved in a number of high-profile privacy cases involving Fortune 500 companies and celebrities.

Professor Solove has been interviewed and featured in several hundred media broadcasts and articles, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Associated Press, Time, Newsweek, People, Reader’s Digest, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, NPR, and C-SPAN’s “Book TV.”

He has delivered hundreds of lectures around the world. He has spoken at companies such as Google, Microsoft, Intel, and AOL, Professor Solove has given speeches and keynotes at many government agencies including DHS, FTC, FCC, NIST, HHS, the Library of Congress, and NSF. He has lectured at numerous universities including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Chicago, Columbia, NYU, Pennsylvania, Berkeley, Cornell, Georgetown, Oxford, and Toronto.

His books have been translated into Chinese, Italian, Korean, Japanese, and Bulgarian, among other languages.

A graduate of Yale Law School, he clerked for Judge Stanley Sporkin, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and Judge Pamela Ann Rymer, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. He also worked at the law firm Arnold & Porter in Washington, DC.

Professor Solove teaches information privacy law, criminal procedure, criminal law, and law and literature.

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Advisory Board

Danielle Citron

Danielle Citron

Danielle Citron is a Professor of Law at the University of Maryland School of Law.

Her work focuses on information privacy law, cyber law, and administrative law with an emphasis on issues surrounding the government’s reliance on information technologies. She is an expert on cyber harassment, having written highly influential articles on hate speech and civil rights in connection with online expression. In November 2009, the Denver University Law Review devoted a symposium to her work on cyber gender harassment. Before teaching, Citron worked as a litigation associate at Willkie, Farr & Gallagher. She served as a law clerk for two years for the Honorable Mary Johnson Lowe of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Mary J. Culnan

Mary Culnan

Mary J. Culnan is a Professor Emeritus at Bentley University and a Research Fellow in the Center for IT and the Global Economy (CITGE) at the Kogod School of Business, American University.

At Bentley, she taught courses on privacy to undergraduates, graduate students, and executives. She has more than twenty years of experience in the privacy field. She has testified before the U.S. Congress, the Massachusetts House and Senate and other government agencies on a range of privacy issues and has been widely quoted in the media. Currently she serves as a member of the GAO’s Executive Committee on Management and Information Technology, and the Advisory Board of the Future of Privacy Forum, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. She also served as a Commissioner on the President’s Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection. She holds a Ph.D. in information systems from UCLA.

Doug C. Curling

Doug Curling

Doug C. Curling is the Founder of New Kent Capital, a private investment firm in Atlanta.

He is also a Managing Principal at New Kent Consulting, a business advisory firm comprised of former ChoicePoint executives that works with public and private corporations and private equity firms – providing fee based/equity based governance, business development, privacy and operational consulting services. Doug is the retired President, COO and Director of ChoicePoint Inc, a NYSE technology company acquired by Reed-Elsevier in late 2008 for more than $4 Billion. Prior to ChoicePoint, Doug held a variety of finance and technology management positions with Equifax, RJR Nabisco, Del Monte and Ernst & Young. Curling serves on a number of charitable and private company advisory boards and is a frequent speaker on leadership, entrepreneurship, privacy and security.

Susan E. Gindin

Susan Gindin

Susan E. Gindin is Of Counsel at Data Law Group.

She was formerly Senior Privacy Manager for Walmart Stores. She has nearly twenty years of experience in the privacy field including eight years in private law practice and eight years with corporate legal and compliance teams. She is a frequent speaker and author of 50 works on data privacy/security, advertising, social media, and digital media topics including Guide to E-Mail and the Internet in the Workplace (Bureau of National Affairs, 1999) and Lost & Found in Cyberspace (first law review article published on Internet privacy, 1997). Her work has been cited by over 100 U.S. law reviews and other articles, as well as by the European Commission, World Bank, and Canadian Privacy Commissioner. She also has managed CAN-SPAM, telemarketing, and privacy tort litigation, and a high profile federal lawsuit regarding use of consumer data for marketing (Register.com v. Verio). Gindin received her J.D. from University of Buffalo, M.S. from Drexel University School of Information Science, and B.A. from UCLA.

Pamela Jones Harbour

Pamela Jones Harbour

Pamela Jones Harbour is a former Federal Trade Commissioner and is currently Co-Leader of BakerHostetler’s national Privacy and Data Protection team.

Pamela previously spent a decade working in the New York Attorney General’s Office, including as Deputy Attorney General, where she investigated and prosecuted a variety of antitrust and consumer protection violations. She served for seven years as an FTC Commissioner. She was the 2010 recipient of the Electronic Privacy Information Center’s (EPIC’s) “Champion of Freedom Award” for her defense of consumer privacy as an FTC Commissioner. As a key member of the U.S. delegation to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summits, she was directly involved in representing U.S. interests during negotiation and future implementation of a global privacy framework related to cross-border data transfers.

Steven J. McDonald

Steven McDonald

Steven J. McDonald is General Counsel at Rhode Island School of Design and previously served as Associate Legal Counsel at The Ohio State University.

He has handled a number of Internet-related legal matters, ranging from alleged infringements of copyrighted materials on student web pages to investigations of computer break-ins to an e-mail death threat to Socks the cat. He began his legal career in private practice at Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, where he represented CompuServe in Cubby v. CompuServe, the first online libel case, and he also has taught courses in Internet law at Ohio State’s College of Law and at Capital University Law School. He is a Fellow and past member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. He is the editor of NACUA’s The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act: A Legal Compendium. He received his A.B. from Duke University and his J.D. from The Yale Law School.

Tracy Mitrano

Tracy Mitrano

Tracy Mitrano is the director of IT Policy and Computer Policy and Law Programs at Cornell University.

In addition to facilitating the development of university information technology policy, Mitrano directs the University Computer Policy and Law Program and the Institute for Computer Policy and Law. She is on the board of the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education. Mitrano writes a blog for Inside Higher Ed entitled “Law, Policy and IT.” A graduate and faculty member of the Frye Institute, Mitrano served as faculty for EDUCAUSE’s Seminars on Academic Computing, the Executive Leadership Institute and the Leadership Institute, and was a member of the EDUCAUSE Board 2006-2010. Mitrano has a doctorate in American Women’s History from Binghamton University and a law degree from Cornell Law School.

Paul Ohm

Paul Ohm

Paul Ohm is a Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center.

He writes in the areas of information privacy, computer crime law, intellectual property, and criminal procedure. Before joining the University of Colorado, in 2006, he worked for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section as an Honors Program trial attorney. Before that, he served as law clerk to Judge Betty Fletcher of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge Mariana Pfaelzer of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. He attended the UCLA Law School where he served as Articles Editor of the UCLA Law Review. Prior to law school, Ohm worked for several years as a computer programmer and network systems administrator, and before that he earned undergraduate degrees in computer science and electrical engineering from Yale University.

Jules Polotensky

Jules Polonetsky

Jules Polotensky is Co-chair and Director of the Future of Privacy Forum,

a think tank seeking to improve the state of online privacy by advancing responsible data practices. Previously, he served as Chief Privacy Officer at AOL and at DoubleClick, as Consumer Affairs Commissioner for New York City, and as an elected New York State Legislator. Polonetsky practiced law in the New York office of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan from 1989 to 1990. He is a graduate of New York University School of Law and Yeshiva University. Polonetsky has served on the boards of TRUSTe, the International Association of Privacy Professionals, the Privacy Committee of the Direct Marketing Association, the Children’s Advertising Review Unit of the Council of BBB’s, the Better Business Bureau (NY Region), and the Network Advertising Initiative. From 2000-2002, Polonetsky chaired the CPO Council of the Internet Advertising Bureau.

Lauren B. Steinfeld

Lauren Steinfeld

Lauren B. Steinfeld serves as Penn Medicine Chief Privacy Officer at the University of Pennsylvania.

She has also taught a Privacy Law course at Penn Law. Prior to Penn, Ms. Steinfeld worked at the Office of Management and Budget as the Associate Chief Counselor for Privacy, where she helped develop the HIPAA medical privacy regulations. Steinfeld was also responsible for a wide range of other privacy issues, including financial and online privacy; identity theft; genetic information; cybersecurity; government information systems; and tax data confidentiality. Beforehand, Ms. Steinfeld served as Attorney Advisor to Federal Trade Commissioner Mozelle Thompson, and she was involved in the legal and policy aspects of some of the first Internet- and privacy-related cases brought by the FTC. She received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Heidi L. Wachs

Heidi Wachs

Heidi L. Wachs is Special Counsel at Jenner & Block, LLP.

She was formerly the Director of IT Policy and Privacy Officer at Georgetown University. Prior to Georgetown University as well as a Research Director at Gartner. Wachs worked as a Government Relations Officer for EDUCAUSE. She graduated cum laude with a BA in Journalism from Lehigh University and earned her JD with a concentration in Intellectual Property from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She is admitted to the bars of the District of Columbia and the United States Supreme Court and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional.

Christopher Wolf

Christopher Wolf

Christopher Wolf is a director of Hogan Lovells’ Privacy and Information Management practice group.

Chris is widely recognized as one of the leading American practitioners in the field of privacy and data security law. The Practising Law Institute (PLI) tapped Chris to serve as editor and lead author of its first-ever treatise on the subject, and to serve as co-editor of its guide to the FACTA Red Flags identity theft regulations. Chris recently was heralded for his “lifelong experience as a litigator” by Chambers USA by ranking him as one of the nation’s top privacy lawyers. He also was asked to form and co-chair The Future of Privacy Forum, a think tank that focuses on modern privacy issues with a business practical-consumer friendly perspective. Drawing on nearly 30 years as a litigator, Chris represents clients in all kinds of privacy and data security litigation that results from the disclosure or exposure of private information, including through data security breaches.