LYDIA PARNES

Partner
 
Privacy & Data Security
Consumer Regulatory & Privacy
Media
National Security
Retail, Consumer & Advertising

EXPERIENCE:

Lydia Parnes is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where her practice focuses on privacy, data security, online advertising, and general advertising and marketing practices. She currently serves as a member of the firm's Policy Committee.

The former director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection (BCP) at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Lydia is a highly regarded privacy expert. As director of the BCP, one of the FTC's two law-enforcement bureaus and the nation's only federal consumer-protection agency, Lydia oversaw data security enforcement efforts and the development of the FTC's approach to online advertising. She testified on numerous occasions on the benefits of a nationwide data breach law, the risks of legislating in the technology area, and the need to assist consumers who become victims of identity theft. In addition, Lydia has extensive experience with the application of consumer-protection principles within the technology market. In 2006, she served as the deputy executive director of the President's Task Force on Identity Theft, coordinating the efforts of 17 federal agencies in developing a national strategic plan to combat identity theft in both the private and public sectors.

Lydia currently advises companies on how to maintain the highest standards for the collection, protection, and use of consumer data while pursuing their business interests. She helps clients respond to security breaches, including defending against federal investigations. She also helps them develop and implement comprehensive privacy compliance programs and understand the nuances of regulation and self-regulation in the privacy arena.

Lydia sits on the board of directors of the Council of Better Business Bureaus and is a member of the Department of Homeland Security's Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. In 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, she was named among the country's top privacy and data security attorneys in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, and in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 she was recognized in Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business. In 2012, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati was recognized by Law360 as a "top privacy and consumer protection" law firm.

Lydia speaks throughout the country on developments in data security and privacy.

EDUCATION:
  • J.D., Washington College of Law at American University
  • B.A., Political Science, American University
ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:
  • Member, Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee
  • Board Member, Council of Better Business Bureaus
  • Co-chair, 2013 Consumer Protection Conference, Antitrust Section, American Bar Association
  • Vice Chair, Consumer Protection Committee, Antitrust Section, American Bar Association (2009-2012)
  • Member, International Task Force, Antitrust Section, American Bar Association (2010-2011)
  • Member, Long Range Planning Committee, Antitrust Section, American Bar Association (2010-2011)
  • Board Member, Internet Keep Safe Coalition (iKeepSafe) (2009-2012)
  • Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals
HONORS:
  • Selected for inclusion in the Internet, e-commerce, and data protection category of The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers in 2012
  • Recognized in 2012 as a member of the team honored among Law360's "Privacy and Consumer Protection Practice Groups of the Year"
  • Recognized in the privacy and data security category of Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2011-2014
  • Named among the country's top privacy and data security attorneys in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2010-2013
  • Recipient of the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive, 2004
SELECT PUBLICATIONS:
SELECT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:
  • Panelist, "Privacy on the Book and on the Ground," Berkeley Law Privacy Forum: Silicon Valley, April 26, 2012
  • Moderator, "There Oughta Be a Law: Regulation vs. Self-Regulation," ABA Antitrust Section Consumer Protection Conference, March 28, 2012
  • Panelist, "Sex, Lies, and Cookies: Web Privacy EXPOSED!" SXSW, March 12, 2012
  • Moderator, "Conversations in Privacy: Trust and Expectations in Online Communities," IAPP Global Privacy Summit, March 8, 2012
  • "Are You Tracking This? The Feds Are Moving on Internet Privacy," Silicon Valley Bank webinar, March 17, 2011
  • Moderator, "Implementing a Culture of Privacy Compliance: Preparing for and Responding to a Data Breach," ACI's 11th Annual Forum on Privacy and Security of Consumer and Employee Information, February 2, 2012
  • "Are You Tracking This? The Feds Are Moving on Internet Privacy," Silicon Valley Bank webinar, March 17, 2011
  • Moderator, "'You've Got a Friend,' But Is It Ethical?" ABA Antitrust Section Consumer Protection Conference, February 3, 2011
  • Moderator, "Behavioral Advertising & Other Marketing Practices Drawing Regulatory Scrutiny," ACI Conference on Privacy & Security, January 25, 2011
  • Moderator, "The FTC, the CFPB and Consumer Privacy Protection 2010," IAPP Conference, December 7, 2010
  • Panelist, "Privacy Policies and Data Collection," Online Trust Alliance, September 24, 2010
  • "Privacy and Security in the Cloud," WSGR General Counsel Series: Cloud Computing, July 21, 2010
  • Panelist, "Who Owns the Data on the Web? User Ownership of Data, Portability of Data, Interoperability," Stanford 7th Annual E-Commerce Best Practices Conference, June 25, 2010
  • Program Chair, "Generation Next: Privacy in the Age of Data," and Moderator, "The Future of Self-Regulation: Privacy at the Crossroads," IAPP Practical Privacy Series, June 14-15, 2010
  • "Social Media: Advertising, Consumer Protection, and Privacy Issues," WSGR Event, May 12, 2010
  • Moderator, "Breakfast with the Bureau Directors," ABA Antitrust Section Annual Conference, April 23, 2010
  • Panelist, "The Future of Privacy Regulation at the Federal Trade Commission," IAPP Global Summit, April 20, 2010
  • "Cloud Computing: Consumer Protection, Data Portability and Competition," Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (BCLT): Emerging Law & Policy Issues in Cloud Computing, March 12, 2010
  • "Privacy & Consumer Protection: What to Expect in 2010," Bank Information Security Podcast, January 15, 2010
  • "Privacy: Navigating the Regulatory Maze," Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati MCLE Day, December 9, 2009
  • "What's Next for Online Behavioral Advertising: Regulation, Legislation, or Continued Self-Governance?" BNA webinar, October 16, 2009
  • Panel Moderator, "Ensuring Regulatory Compliance while Administering Behavioral Marketing Programs," ACI's 3rd Annual Advertisers' and Marketers' Regulatory Summit, June 26, 2009
  • Co-chair, ACI's 3rd Annual Advertisers' and Marketers' Regulatory Summit, June 25-26, 2009
  • "Privacy Concerns in Marketing and Commercial Communications," PLI Privacy and Data Security Law Institute, June 23, 2009
  • "The Bureau Director's Roundtable: The Exercise of Regulatory Discretion in Response to Protestations of Consumer Harm," ABA Consumer Protection Conference, June 19, 2009
  • "Hot Topics: FTC Reauthorization," ABA 57th Annual Spring Meeting of Antitrust Law, March 25-27, 2009
  • "What Is An Effective Compliance Program? Evolving Perspectives from Regulatory and Law Enforcement Officials," 13th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute, March 13, 2009
  • "Supporting Self-Regulation's Good Name: New Issues, New Challenges, New Models," ANA Advertising Law and Business Affairs Conference, March 11, 2009
ADMISSIONS:
  • Bar of the District of Columbia
  • State Bar of New York

Contact Information

1700 K Street, NW
Fifth Floor
Washington, DC 20006
Phone | 202-973-8801
Fax | 202-973-8899

Email | Lydia Parneslparnes@wsgr.com

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