January 3, 2013

Move to the Front: "The Globalization of European Privacy Law" at AALS Annual Meeting

We're moving to the front this reminder for those members of the network who will be attending the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) this weekend in New Orleans.  The “open program” and initial administrative meeting of the (currently in formation) Section on European Law of the AALS will take place Sunday, January 6, in the Fountain Room, Third Floor, Hilton New Orleans Riverside, from 4:00-5:45 pm.  The open program will feature the following panel discussion:

The Globalization of European Privacy Law?

Daniela Caruso, BU Law School
Peter L. Lindseth, UConn Law School (substituting for Francesca Bignami, GW)
Joel R. Reidenberg, Fordham Law School
Peter P. Swire, OSU/Moritz College of Law

The Annual Meeting program (here, p.109) describes the substantive focus of the panel as follows:

Global privacy law is in flux. The European Commission has proposed a new data privacy regulation that contains a number of far-reaching innovations, including the right to be forgotten, the right to data portability, the duty to give consumers notice of data breaches, sweeping new regulatory powers for the European Commission, and unprecedented administrative fines amounting to as much as 2% of a corporation’s annual worldwide revenue. In the United States, the Obama Administration has announced its support for a Do Not Track mechanism, limitations on the collection and use of personal data, and greater oversight of data brokers. Will these changes mitigate or exacerbate the deep and longstanding transatlantic dispute over privacy law? How will they affect European and American efforts to export their models of data privacy to the rest of the world? Will Europe remain a leader in setting global privacy standards? The panelists will discuss these and other issues of significance for transatlantic relations and global privacy regulation.

Following the panel discussion, we'll have our first administrative meeting, at which we'll collect additional signatures on the petition to establish the section and vote on the opening slate of officers and executive committee.  We hope to see as many of you there as possible.  If you intend to come, please send a courtesy RSVP to Daniela Caruso, just so we can get a sense of our likely numbers.

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