CEDRIC BURTON

Of Counsel
 
Privacy & Data Protection
Consumer Regulatory & Privacy

EXPERIENCE:

Cédric Burton is Of Counsel in Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's Brussels office, where he assists clients of all sizes with regard to privacy and data protection, information technology, data security, advertising and marketing, and e-commerce laws.

Cédric has developed substantial experience in advising companies on all facets of global, European, and Belgian privacy and data protection law. His privacy and data protection practice covers all sectors and includes a wide range of activities, such as:

  • Defining global and pan-European strategies for compliance, advising on complex data flows and international data transfer requirements, implementing multifaceted compliance programs, and preparing data breach response schemes;
  • Developing creative and practical advice on unsettled topics such as online profiling and behavioral advertising, big data, data analytics, cloud computing, social networking, mobile devices and location-based services, facial recognition, RFID, smart grids, employee monitoring, whistleblowing hotlines, CCTV, and data security;
  • Counseling clients on how to resolve or mitigate risks related to conflicts between EU data protection law and foreign requirements such as e-discovery procedure, SOX and OFAC requirements, data requests from foreign governments, law enforcement, and intelligence units;
  • Assisting clients with the review of the European data protection legal framework, including preparing strategic advice and impact analysis, and drafting language in the context of the review of Directive 95/46 and Directive 2002/58 EC;
  • Representing clients in their dealings with the European Commission, the Article 29 Working Party, and the data protection authorities, including the Belgian Privacy Commission; and
  • Handling notification procedures, joining the U.S. Safe Harbor program, and implementing Binding Corporate Rules and Standard Contractual Clauses.

Cédric was recognized as a "Leader in his Field – Associate to Watch" by Chambers Europe in 2012 and 2013. He has authored many articles relating to privacy and data protection law and speaks regularly on data protection-related topics.

Prior to joining the firm, Cédric was an associate in the Brussels office of Hunton & Williams. Earlier in his career, he worked as a research fellow in privacy and data protection law at the Research Center on IT and Law (CRID) of the University of Namur (Belgium) and at the Center on Law and Information Policy (CLIP) at Fordham University (New York). Cédric is fluent in French and English.

SELECT REPRESENTATIONS:
  • Advised a major credit card company on all aspects of its European data protection complaisance scheme, in particular its strategy for compliance in all EU member states, self-certification to the U.S. Safe Harbor Program, marketing and data analytics legal requirements, implementation of online rewards and loyalty programs, registration with local data protection authorities, and review of privacy policies, terms and conditions, and service provider agreements
  • Advised a multinational company on its strategy for international data transfers in 50+ countries
  • Assisted a major U.S.-based company with the conflict between European data protection law and foreign legal obligations requiring the disclosure of consumers' personal data to intelligence units
  • Advised a major Belgian company in connection with the migration of its email server to a cloud computing platform
  • Assisted a U.S. company in responding to a request for information from the Belgian data protection authority regarding its privacy notice and consent language
  • Attended Council of Europe sessions on profiling on behalf of the ICC
  • Advised an online career and recruitment company regarding its data protection compliance strategy, including its privacy notice, terms of use, DPA registrations, and international data transfers
  • Advised a European company on how to comply with European data protection requirements in the context of an SEC investigation
  • Prepared two studies for the European Commission on the interaction between online copyright enforcement and data protection in 11 selected member states
EDUCATION:
  • LL.M., Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law, Fordham University School of Law, 2007
  • LL.M., IT Laws and Management, University of Namur, Belgium, 2005
    Magna Cum Laude; Recipient, "Best Interdisciplinary Student Award," 2005; Recipient, "Best Brief Prize" as winner of International Moot Cyber-Tribunal Contest, 2005
  • J.D., University of Liège, Belgium, 2004
    Cum Laude
ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:
  • Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), 2007-present
  • Member, International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw), 2007-present
HONORS:
  • Recognized as a "leading talent" in privacy and data protection law in The International Who's Who of Information Technology Lawyers, 2013
  • Recognized as a leader in his field and ranked as an "Associate to Watch" in the 2012 and 2013 editions of Chambers Europe – TMT, Information Technology, Belgium
SELECT PUBLICATIONS:
SELECT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:
  • Panelist, "Ethics, Fundamental Rights and Big Data," 36th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, Balaclava, Mauritius, October 2014
  • Panelist, "Privacy in mobility and location data" panel, 7th International Conference, Computers, Privacy & Data Protection, Reforming Data Protection: The Global Perspective, Brussels, Belgium, January 2014
  • Panelist, "Transitioning between Data Transfer Mechanisms: Challenges and Opportunities," IAPP Data Protection Congress 2013, Brussels, Belgium, December 2013
  • Presenter, "The Challenges of Data Protection in Cloud Computing," ERA Annual Conference on European Data Protection Law 2013, Trier, Germany, November 2013
  • Moderator, "Mobile Devices and Applications: Risks, Challenges, Opportunities, and Future Trends" panel, 6th International Conference, Computers, Privacy & Data Protection, Reloading Data Protection, Brussels, Belgium, January 2013
  • Presenter, "How to Regulate Corporate Social Media in Compliance with European Privacy and Data Protection Law," FEDISA Belgium, Social Media, Law and Ethics, Brussels, Belgium, June 2012
  • Presenter, "Update on Electronic Archiving, e-Discovery and Data Protection: Electronic Archiving Between the Rock and the Hard Place," CRID, JURITIC, Namur, Belgium, May 2011
  • Presenter, "Location Based Services, Mobile Devices, Location Technologies & Shifting Values, Evolving Values Regarding Vocational Privacy - the European Legal Framework," Fifth Fordham Annual Law & Information Society Symposium, New York, New York, March 2011
  • Presenter, "Update on European Data Protection," ABA Privacy Information & Security Law, ABA Antitrust Section/Privacy & Security Committee Webinar, October 2009
ADMISSIONS:
  • Brussels Bar

Contact Information

Rue Montoyer 47
1000 Brussels, Belgium 
Phone | +32 2 274 57 22
Fax | +32 2 274 57 99

Email | Cedric Burtoncburton@wsgr.com

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