Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati frequently hosts and sponsors a broad range of events and participates in speaking engagements worldwide. The firm offers specialized seminars, panels and conferences for our clients, the legal community and other influencers to provide perspective on the latest developments and best practices in law and business.

Upcoming engagements:

Key Privacy and Cybersecurity Developments for Health and Health Adjacent Companies
April 23, 2019
WSGR – Boston, MA
The privacy and cybersecurity legal landscape is rapidly evolving. For example:

  • Recent amendments to the Massachusetts data breach law notification take effect on April 11, 2019;
  • The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) goes into operation on January 1, 2020;
  • Class action suits under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) are moving forward in the courts; and
  • A number of state legislatures and Congress are currently considering new or expanded privacy and cybersecurity legislation.

Companies in health and health-adjacent fields may already be subject to industry-specific laws and regulations (e.g., the HIPAA Privacy Rule and Security Rule, FDA medical device regulations, the FTC Health Breach Notification Rule), in addition to or in lieu of some aspects of otherwise generally applicable data privacy and security legal requirements.

Please join us for an update on key privacy and cybersecurity legal developments, with specific insights for health and health-adjacent companies on how to strategically navigate this rapidly changing legal landscape, presented by Of Counsel Allison Bender. We’ll also provide practical takeaways to assist in evaluating business opportunities and technical innovations in light of high-level compliance obligations and legal risk.

Privacy Regulators and Experts Address Key Developments in Privacy in the U.S. and Europe
May 1, 2019
Washington, D.C.
Please join us in Washington, D.C., for a lively discussion of the hottest topics in privacy enforcement and policy. Hear from key officials from the Federal Trade Commission, Congress, and the European Union, and from leading policy experts on what they perceive as the major policy and enforcement developments in privacy for the coming year and how businesses can best prepare for these developments. Come prepared with questions for what will certainly be an engaging and informative afternoon.

Online Advertising and Privacy: An Ad Tech Master Class and Overview of the Latest Global Legal Developments
May 22, 2019
London, UK
The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and WSGR invite you to a half-day event which focuses on advertising technology—how it works and how to overcome the challenges of complying with global privacy requirements. Use of cookies and similar technologies for advertising and marketing purposes in a legally compliant way has long been a topic of debate, and market practice in this area is constantly evolving in light of technological and legal developments. Combining their privacy expertise, FPF and WSGR will conduct an Ad Tech Master Class about how ad tech works and continue with a discussion about the latest legal developments applicable to these technologies. CPE and MCLE credits will be offered.

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Live Webinar Series: Preparing for the California Consumer Privacy Act
April 17, 2019
The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) imposes sweeping new privacy obligations on most companies engaged in business in California or with California customers. This series of webinars will help unpack the extensive and complex legal requirements in CCPA and provide businesses with practical compliance guidance.

Please join the WSGR privacy and cybersecurity practice over the course of the series as they discuss the implications of CCPA and the steps that companies should consider taking to prepare for it. Presenters include partners Lydia Parnes, Chris Olsen, Beth George, Jan Dhont, Of Counsel Allison Bender, and associate Libby Weingarten.

Implications of GDPR for U.S.-Headquartered Life Sciences and Biotech Companies
April 9, 2019
WSGR – Boston, MA
In 2018, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force and, in addition to being one of the strictest privacy laws in the world, introduced a wide-ranging extraterritorial effect. The GDPR severely impacts how companies doing business in Europe collect and use personal information. Please join Jan Dhont, a partner in WSGR’s Brussels office, as he discusses the implications of European privacy laws for U.S.-headquartered life sciences and biotech companies. Jan has been counseling on privacy and cybersecurity matters for more than 20 years and was previously a legal advisor at the Belgian Data Protection Authority.

Brexit and Its Implications for Data Protection
March 2019
WSGR partner Cédric Burton and Of Counsel Lore Leitner hosted a webcast, “Brexit and Its Implications for Data Protection.” In this webcast, Burton and Leitner break down the potential far-reaching effects of the United Kingdom’s pending exit from the European Union on businesses operating in the UK and EU.

In this hour-long panel, the firm experts break down the steps that companies should consider taking to prepare for Brexit and potential changes to their data protection compliance program. Burton and Leitner discuss Brexit and its relationship to the GDPR; its various impacts on business, e.g., data transfers, binding corporate rules (BCRs), privacy notices, and other issues; and how to best prepare for a hard Brexit.

Incident Response Forum West 2019
February 2019
Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills
WSGR partner Beth George joined a panel of experts to discuss the importance and steps attorneys should take when counseling a corporation after a data security incident. This panel also explained the different dynamics of data security involving: 1) financial firms (where there exist unique issues pertaining to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and various law enforcement agencies); 2) retail firms (where there is a trigger of PCI-DSS compliance, and the unique investigative and remedial workflow involving the PCI-DSS can be extremely costly, cumbersome, and disruptive); and 3) healthcare organizations (where the confidentiality and sensitivity of personal health information (PHI) has evolved into a highly regulated and increasingly important area of government concern).

For a complete list of WSGR events and speaking engagements, please visit our website.