RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.—The European Union’s sweeping data security reform, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), takes effect May 25, 2018, and companies on both sides of the Atlantic are working to make sure they will be in compliance. 

As part of its continued efforts to guide clients in GDPR preparation and compliance, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP collaborated with the North Carolina British-American Business Council (BABC) and the SAS Institute Inc. to present a panel discussion titled “GDPR: Are  You and Your Company Ready?” on March 21, 2018, at Research Triangle Park Headquarters. The event featured a fascinating discussion and lively question-and-answer session with an experienced panel from Womble and SAS sharing key insights into upcoming GDPR requirements that may significantly impact businesses.

Panelists included Womble attorneys Ted Claypoole and Orla O’Hannaidh, along with SAS Chief Privacy Officer and Privacy Counsel Jay Exum. Womble attorney Allen O’Rourke served as moderator.  Click here to read more about preparing for the GDPR and to sign up for monthly client alerts leading up to its implementation on May 25, 2018.

Ted Claypoole leads Womble’s Privacy and Cybersecurity Team, IP Transactions Team, and FinTech Team, and he just stepped down as chair of the ABA’s Cyberspace Law Committee and stepped onto the ABA Business Law Section Leadership Council. He has managed responses to scores of data exposure incidents in all types of businesses and has served as in-house tech counsel for CompuServe and Bank of America.  With former Whitehouse CIO Theresa Payton, Ted has published the books Protecting Your Internet Identity: Are You Naked Online? and Privacy in the Age of Big Data.

Allen O’Rourke also leads Womble’s Privacy and Cybersecurity Team and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP-US). He represents clients in investigations and litigation arising out of cybersecurity incidents, serves as “breach coach” when responding to data breaches, and counsels clients on data privacy and cybersecurity preparedness. Previously, Allen helped lead the Cyber Unit at the US Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C., and received two Special Achievement Awards for his work to combat cybercrime.

Orla O’Hannaidh is an experienced intellectual property attorney who helps clients manage data privacy risks. She works with companies on complying with state, federal, and international laws governing customer and employee data, and counsels clients on transfers of data across international borders and online marketing and advertising campaigns. Born in Ireland and educated in the EU and US, Orla previously worked for the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin and Washington, DC. She co-chairs the Raleigh/RTP KnowledgeNet Chapter of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and co-chairs the International Privacy Law Subcommittee of the North Carolina Bar Association.