CHARLOTTE - Womble Bond Dickinson attorney Allen O’Rourke will speak on “The Future of Data Protection Law in the US” at the March meeting of the Charlotte Metro Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) Chapter. The Charlotte Metro ISSA chapter is committed to providing the Information Security professionals of Charlotte opportunities to grow both technically and professionally through training, meetings and summits.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) going into effect on May 25, 2018, was a watershed moment for data protection law, and rather dramatically led to the enactment of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) on June 28, 2018. Seeing how the CCPA would transform US data protection law as we know it, many are urging Congress to preempt it by enacting a federal data protection law before the CCPA goes into effect on January 1, 2020, while at the same time North Carolina and other States are rolling out enhanced data protection laws of their own. Today we find ourselves in a high-stakes battle for the future of data protection law in the US – indeed, for the future of how we do business in our data economy – and this battle will likely turn one way or the other in the next year or so. In this presentation, Allen O’Rourke will explore how we got to this point and what to expect for the future of US data protection law.

The presentation takes place March 20 at TEKsystems in Charlotte. Click here for more information or to register.

Allen O’Rourke co-chairs the Privacy and Cybersecurity Team at Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP, and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US). He leads cyber investigations, helps clients respond to data breaches, and represents clients facing regulatory actions, consumer litigation, and business disputes arising out of cybersecurity incidents. Allen also provides guidance on privacy and data protection, digital advertising and analytics, cybersecurity preparedness, and legal aspects of computer network defense. In addition, Allen is an experienced trial and appellate attorney who represents clients in a broad range of civil and criminal matters. He has handled over 50 trials as well as numerous appeals, motion hearings, and investigations in state and federal court. Prior to joining Womble, Allen was a cybercrime prosecutor who helped lead the Cyber Unit at the US Attorney’s Office in Washington, DC, where he received two Special Achievement Awards for his work to combat cybercrime. He graduated from Harvard Law School and then clerked in the Fourth Circuit and Eastern District of Pennsylvania before becoming a prosecutor.