The Wall Street Journal turned to privacy and data security attorney Ted Claypoole this week for his thoughts on new security standards being backed by California’s attorney general. The interview was prompted by a recent client alert Claypoole co-authored with fellow Womble Carlyle Partner Belton Ziegler after Attorney General Kamala Harris released a report supporting the Center for Internet Security guidelines. The guidelines are useful, Claypoole explains, but may set an unrealistic standard for businesses, leaving them unfairly vulnerable to liability claims.

Claypoole is one of the most respected attorneys in the privacy and data security field. He is a Partner of the Firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group and leads the firm’s IP Transaction Team, as well as data breach incident response teams in the public and private sectors. He has also co-authored two books on privacy and data security with former White House CIO Theresa Payton.

Belton Zeigler has more than 30 years of experience providing legal counsel to clients in matters involving utility, environmental and energy matters. He brings his extensive experience in industrial and infrastructure matters to Womble Carlyle’s Data Protection and Cybersecurity Team efforts.