Kurt Wimmer

Kurt Wimmer

Kurt Wimmer is a partner concentrating in privacy, data protection and technology law.  He advises national and multinational companies on privacy, data security and technology issues, particularly in connection with online and mobile media, targeted advertising, and monetization strategies.  Mr. Wimmer is rated in the first tier by Legal 500, designated as a national leader in Chambers USA, and is included in Best Lawyers in America in four categories.  He represents companies and associations on public policy matters before the FTC, FCC, Congress and state attorneys general, as well as in privacy assessments and policies, strategic content ventures, copyright protection and strategy, content liability advice, and international matters.

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India’s Committee of Experts Releases Draft Personal Data Protection Bill

On July 27, 2018, the Government of India’s Committee of Experts released a draft Protection of Personal Data Bill. Together with an accompanying report, the draft bill moves India one step closer towards enacting a comprehensive data protection regime. Last year, the Supreme Court of India issued a landmark decision holding that privacy is a … Continue Reading

A Year-End Thanks to Our Readers

As 2017 ends, all of us at InsidePrivacy are grateful for the attention and engagement of our readers.  This has been an excellent year for our blog, and we’d like to share with you some information about InsidePrivacy and its readers. First, there are more of you than ever — in fact, an 11% year-over-year … Continue Reading

Cloud Security Alliance Releases Guidance for Securing Connected Vehicles

The increasing connectivity of vehicles has raised questions about how to maintain the security of connected vehicles.  In response, the Cloud Security Alliance released on May 25, 2017 a 35-page research and guidance report on Observations and Recommendations on Connected Vehicle Security.  The Cloud Security Alliance is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting a secure … Continue Reading

China Likely to Impose New Cybersecurity Regulations in 2016

As readers of this blog know, China has been increasingly active in proposing new cybersecurity and privacy regulations. In late 2015, China enacted a new counter-terrorism law.  In August 2015, it issued a draft network security law.  Also last summer, China issued new draft regulations on Internet advertising and clarified requirements for text marketing.  And, … Continue Reading

Privacy Shield: Top Five Reasons It’s Tougher Than the Safe Harbor, Whether You Should Certify, and Next Steps

As noted in our post yesterday, the text of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, the upcoming trans-Atlantic data-transfer framework between the EU and U.S. to replace the invalidated U.S.-EU Safe Harbor, has been released by the U.S. Department of Commerce.  Commerce’s release coincided with the release of a draft adequacy decision by the European Commission. A … Continue Reading

Administrative Law Judge Dismisses FTC’s LabMD Complaint, Finding Insufficient Evidence of “Substantial Injury” to Consumers

On Friday, November 13, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chief Administrative Law Judge Chappell issued an Initial Decision dismissing the FTC’s complaint against LabMD, on the ground that the Commission’s staff had failed to carry its burden of demonstrating a “likely substantial injury” to consumers resulting from LabMD’s allegedly “unfair” data security practices. While Judge Chappell’s … Continue Reading

New State Privacy Laws Go Into Effect on Jan. 1, 2015

State legislators have recently passed a number of bills that impose new data security and privacy requirements on companies nationwide. The laws include new data breach notification requirements, marketing restrictions, and data destruction rules. Below is an overview of the new laws and amendments that will go into effect on January 1, 2015.… Continue Reading

Covington Selected to Lead Panel at #SXSW 2015

Covington has been selected to host a panel and privacy-by-design bootcamp at the 2015 South by Southwest (“SXSW”) Interactive Festival, which will take place next March 13-17.  The panel will be led by Covington associates Libbie Canter and Meena Harris, both members of the firm’s Privacy and Data-Security practice group.  With more than 4,500 entries … Continue Reading

Privacy Weekend: Provocative Articles We’re Reading Now

It’s shaping up to be a big data weekend, for those of us who try to find some interesting weekend reading away from the crush of the day-to-day schedule.  If you’re thinking about Monday’s FTC workshop on the impact of big-data analytics on vulnerable communities, a bit of weekend reading about the intersection between technology … Continue Reading

Covington Helps GSK Secure BCRs

On 10 June 2013, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office authorized GlaxoSmithKline’s ‘Binding Corporate Rules‘ (BCRs) – a set of internal policies and procedures used to protect personal data across GSK’s operations globally.  Covington & Burling’s data privacy and security team, led by London partner Dan Cooper and senior associate Mark Young and including Brussels based … Continue Reading

FTC Holds Forum Addressing Mobile Security

By Chris Higby & Kurt Wimmer Yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission held a forum on Mobile Security: Potential Threats and Solutions. The forum brought together academics, industry leaders, and security experts to discuss the security problems arising from the rapid adoption of mobile devices. The first panel, consisting of security experts and researchers, gave a … Continue Reading

Recapping the NTIA Multistakeholder Meeting

Yesterday marked the inaugural Privacy Multistakeholder Meeting at the Department of Commerce, hosted by the National Telecommunication & Information Administration (“NTIA”).  The meeting brought together representatives of technology companies, advertisers, consumer groups, and  other stakeholders for a discussion of mobile application transparency and the process for future discussions and meetings.  While the meeting did not … Continue Reading

Covington Named Privacy Group of the Year

Law360, the highly respected legal news source covering developments and trends in some two dozen legal practice areas, has named the Covington team as privacy group of the year, one of only five groups so honored among more than 500 surveyed practices.  We’re thrilled to be recognized, and thank our clients for bringing us the … Continue Reading

FTC Releases Proposed COPPA Rules

By Lindsey Tonsager This morning the FTC released its long anticipated proposed revisions to its rule implementing the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”).  COPPA governs (1) operators of websites and online services that are directed to children under the age of 13 and (2) operators of general audience websites or online services that have … Continue Reading

Swiss Privacy Law Halts Google’s StreetView — But Is Unlikely To Affect Photojournalism

The recent decision of the Swiss Federal Tribunal (EDÖB v Google, Trib. Admin. Fed.) against Google Street View has raised new and important questions for many industries, not least for other enterprises that use photography of individuals in countries subject to data protection laws based on the EU model. In the Google case, the Swiss … Continue Reading

Privacy, Twitter and the “Super Injunction”

On Saturday, I had the privilege of being interviewed live on British television by Sky News about a fascinating clash of culture and law. An English soccer star has sued anonymously to stop the English press from printing his identity. In court papers, the anonymous star athlete claimed that Imogen Thomas, a former member of … Continue Reading
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