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Bridging the Privacy Gap: GDPR

February 9, 2018 @ 8:50 am - 1:00 pm

Santa Clara Journal of International Law Symposium: Bridging the Privacy Gap: GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most far reaching, complex, and strict international privacy law ever enacted. Businesses across the globe that process personal data belonging to European residents are currently trying to understand exactly how the regulation applies to them and to ensure compliance by the May 25, 2018 deadline. The GDPR will greatly affect the legal profession globally, and many Silicon Valley tech companies in particular. This symposium will examine the implications, challenges, and risks posed by the new European privacy law to businesses located in the United States.

This event is open to law students, attorneys, and professionals.

This event will qualify for:
Continuing Legal Education (CLE): 3 hours
Continuing Legal Privacy Education, Group A (CPE): up to 4 credits


Please direct inquiries to Maria Rydder, Senior Business Editor, at mrydder@scu.edu.

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Symposium Schedule (tentative)

8:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:50 – 9:00am Welcome & Introduction: Future of International Privacy Law
Lydia De la Torre
, Privacy Law Fellow, Santa Clara Law
9:00 – 10:00am

Panel A: Playing by the Rules: Business Compliance

Strategies to prepare for the upcoming GDPR deadline. How to balance regulatory compliance, data privacy and cybersecurity risks while also optimizing business goals. Utilizing easily tailored privacy platforms for flexible implementation and scale to support future growth.

  • Moderator: Sona Makker, CIPP/US at Facebook)
  • Kenesa Ahmad, J.D., CIPP/US, WISP Chair, Partner at Aleada
  • Zerina Curevac, J.D., CIPP/US, Data Privacy/Cybersecurity at Squire Patton Boggs
  • Jackie Wilkosz, CIPP/US, Sr. Privacy Counsel, Intuit
10:00 – 10:15am Break
10:15 – 11:15am

Panel B: Risky Business: Data Strategies for Risk Management

Business implications of understanding and assigning risk to data. It requires aligning decision frameworks and attitudes across the organization. In some cases, risk management data strategies might involve business transformation.

  • Felicity Fisher, J.D., European Privacy & Digital Regulation Specialist at Fieldfisher
  • Virginia (“Ginny”) Lee, J.D., Head of Global Data Privacy at ServiceNow (former privacy counsel at Starbucks, Intel, Yahoo!)
  • Susan Lyon-Hintze, J.D., Privacy & Data Security, Founder/Managing Partner at Hintze Law  (former privacy at Cooley, Perkins Coie, Microsoft, Dell)
11:15am – 12:15pm

Panel C: Privacy by Design: An Exercise in Legal Improvisation

Incorporating Privacy by Design into your company’s products. Stories of success and challenges of implementing a privacy by design process in a Silicon Valley tech company. Panel will include a workshop activity.

  • Moderator: Mark Webber (CIPP/E, Partner at Field Fisher)
  • Emily Yu, J.D., FIP, CIPP/US, CIPM, Sr. Corporate Counsel (Global Privacy) at Seagate Technology
12:15– 1:00pm


12:30 Keynote Speaker
Struan Robertson, Senior Counsel, Google

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Santa Clara Law’s Journal of International Law

The Santa Clara Journal of International Law is dedicated to exploring current issues in public and private international law. The Journal is a collaborative student and faculty undertaking. Each volume focuses on a timely theme in international law. As both public and private international law increase in relevance, JIL’s membership and activities have been consistently rising to accommodate an inquisitive student body and interest from attorneys.

Introduction to Santa Clara Law’s Privacy Law Certificate

In May 2014, the Santa Clara Law faculty created the Privacy Law Certificate. The certificate reflects the growing importance of privacy issues to the global, national and California economies. Privacy concerns have become mission-critical for many key Silicon Valley companies, and privacy has emerged as one of the major social issues of our time. As a result, legislators are constantly enacting new privacy laws, privacy litigation has exploded, and companies are frequently struggling with privacy imbroglios and (sometimes) proactively trying to avoid them. – Professor Eric Goldman

Lydia de la Torre, Santa Clara Law’s 2017-2018 Privacy Law Fellow 

To further expand its leadership in the field of privacy law, Santa Clara Law hired veteran data-protection counsel, Lydia F. de la Torre. De la Torre has substantial experience working on complex international data-protection issues in Silicon Valley and Europe. She has been senior privacy counsel at Intuit, PayPal, and eBay, and also practiced tax and data-protection law at the prestigious Spanish law firm, Garrigues.

Santa Clara Law has one of the country’s most robust and innovative privacy law programs. Its groundbreaking Privacy Law Certificate, launched in 2014, is designed to train the next generation of privacy lawyers through professional fieldwork, courses co-taught by industry specialists, and publication and certification requirements. De la Torre will contribute to the program by teaching, publishing, organizing speakers and events, and advising students.

This Spring 2018 Professor de la Torre will be teaching Comparative Privacy Law. This course surveys the approaches to privacy regulation around the globe, including a comparison of regulatory philosophies and different policy solutions. The course also introduces the major international privacy regulatory and enforcement institutions.

Thank You to Our Financial Sponsors:

High Tech Law Institute

Thank You to Our Marketing Sponsors:

Privacy Law Student Organization International Association of Privacy Professionals


February 9, 2018
8:50 am - 1:00 pm
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Mission Room, Benson Center
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053 United States
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    Bridging the Privacy Gap: GDPR

  • February 9, 2018
  • 8:50 am - 1:00 pm
  • Mission Room, Benson Center