Stephen Wu

Stephen S. Wu is a shareholder with Silicon Valley Law Group in San Jose, California. He advises clients on transactions, compliance, liability, security, and privacy matters regarding the latest technologies in areas such as artificial intelligence, robotics, automated transportation, the Internet of Things, and Big Data. He helps clients with domestic and international privacy and security matters in negotiating agreements, incident response, breach notification, litigation, and managing privacy and security policies and programs, certifications, and audits. He counsels clients concerning cyber-risk insurance policies and coverage and risk management strategies. In addition, he advises clients on secure electronic commerce using digital signatures, other secure electronic signatures, electronic credentials such as digital certificates, encryption, and public key infrastructure.

From 1997 to 2001, Mr. Wu was VeriSign, Inc.’s second in-house attorney, where he managed the development and deployment of worldwide policies and procedures for VeriSign’s digital certification Internet security services.  Before his work at VeriSign, he practiced with two international law firms in the areas of intellectual property and general litigation, as well as technology transactions.

Mr. Wu served as Chair of the American Bar Association Science and Technology Law Section from 2010 to 2011. From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Wu was Co-Chair of the Section’s Information Security Committee. He helped found the Section’s Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Internet of Things, Big Data, and Homeland Security Committees. He serves as Chair of the annual American Bar Association Artificial Intelligence and Robotics National Institute, an annual continuing legal education program offered each October.

Mr. Wu has written or co-written seven books on information security law, including his most recent publications: A Guide to HIPAA Security and the Law Second Edition (2016) and A Legal Guide to Enterprise Mobile Device Management:  Managing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and Employer-Issued Device Programs (2013). He has written numerous book chapters and articles on data protection, artificial intelligence, and robotics topics. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and continuing legal education programs on information security, the California Consumer Privacy Act, EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, artificial intelligence, robotics, autonomous driving, and other cutting edge technologies.

Mr. Wu has written books and made frequent presentations on artificial intelligence, robotics, automated transportation, information security, and privacy topics at numerous information security and continuing legal education conferences.& Among his publications are:

  • Challenges of Using Artificial Intelligence for Privacy and Security Compliance, PLI Current, Jan. 2021.
  • Privacy and Security Challenges of Advanced Technologies, PLI Current, Summer 2019, at 549.
  • AI Product Liability Issues and Related Risk Management, in The Law of Artificial Intelligence and Smart Machines (2019) (ABA)


J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School

B.A , summa cum laude, University of Pittsburgh

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