THE WSGR EUROPEAN PRIVACY & DATA PROTECTION TEAM
Led by Christopher Kuner, the vice chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce's (ICC's) Committee on the Digital Economy, the firm's Brussels-based European privacy and data protection practice assists clients of all sizes in complying with the requirements of European privacy and data protection law. We advise clients in a broad array of industries, including the Internet, cloud computing, technology, social media, digital media, finance, and healthcare fields.
Among other matters, our attorneys have experience:
- Providing strategic advice on the upcoming changes to the EU data protection framework in light of the proposed Data Protection Regulation
- Developing strategies that enable clients to transfer personal data outside the EU, including implementation and approval of binding corporate rules (BCRs), assistance with membership in the U.S.-EU/U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework, and use of EU standard contractual clauses
- Representing clients before national data protection authorities and liaising with European Institutions and the Article 29 Working Party on behalf of clients
- Counseling clients on sophisticated legal issues regarding online data processing and the use of technology, including drafting privacy impact assessments and ensuring privacy by design
- Drafting data transfer agreements, data processing agreements, and data protection language in commercial agreements
- Managing complex multijurisdictional data protection compliance projects, including global and pan-European privacy policies and terms and conditions
- Designing business and legal responses to data security breaches, assisting with performing data security audits, and complying with data security standards
- Advising on managing centralized HR databases and dealing with other privacy and data protection issues in the employment context
- Performing data protection due diligence in mergers and acquisitions
- Assisting with reconciling the demands of EU data protection law with conflicting legal obligations (such as U.S. e-discovery requirements, Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblowing obligations, government access requests, and law-enforcement demands)
In addition, Christopher has successfully led several landmark efforts at the EU level, such as negotiating the European Commission's adequacy decisions regarding the standard contractual clauses for controller-to-controller and controller-to-processor data transfers, and drafting a BCRs application checklist approved by the Article 29 Working Party. He also has been involved in privacy and data protection consultations for leading international organizations, including the Council of Europe (CoE) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
The European privacy and data protection team also includes Cédric Burton, Of Counsel, and Anna Pateraki, associate in the Brussels office. Over the last eight years, Cédric has been dealing with data protection and privacy matters and has gained a unique insight into providing strategic and practical advice to clients facing complex privacy and data protection issues. Anna has worked at the office of the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) and has extensive experience advising clients on pan-European data protection compliance issues.
Our Brussels attorneys work closely with the firm's global privacy and data protection team, which includes many highly experienced experts in the United States, including former top officials at the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection and the Department of Justice's National Security Division.
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