David Keating, partner in the firm’s Technology Group and co-chair of the Privacy & Data Security Practice, and newly hired Georgia Institute of Technology professor and senior counsel Peter Swire discuss the hot issues of privacy and data security, as well as Swire’s move to Alston & Bird.
“Corporate boards are all over the issue of data security right now – especially public company boards,” said Keating. He noted that clients are “trying to figure out what they need to be doing from an enterprise risk standpoint.”
Commenting on Swire’s recent hiring, Keating said: “Peter is one of the highest-profile figures in privacy in the U.S. He’s very well-known as well internationally. He will help advise our clients – boards of directors and senior management – on cybersecurity. He will also assist with the cutting-edge privacy issues that can come before the Federal Trade Commission and other regulators.”
“This is a great time to be solving practical problems on privacy and cybersecurity,” Swire said of his new job. “Actual clients are facing an unprecedented level of privacy and security challenges.”
Swire noted that the Patriot Act’s Section 215, which allows the FBI to intercept communication records, expires June 1 and that President Obama’s recent proposals to protect the online privacy of consumers and students will create a lot of change.
“Congress will have to move fast to keep the authority in place,” Swire said. “This will be an early test for the new Republican Congress.”