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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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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

In Snyder v. Phelps, Victory for Funeral Picketers

The Supreme Court has issued its second decision touching on privacy issues in a short amount of time.  In Snyder v. Phelps, the Court held that the First Amendment prevents legal sanction against those who protest with offensive slogans on public property within close proximity to a private event.   The Westboro Baptist Church, a … Continue Reading

What General Counsel Need to Know About Privacy in 2011

Here’s a five-minute overview of the five major bodies that will influence the privacy, data protection and data security areas as we start 2011. 1.       The Federal Trade Commission.  The FTC’s privacy efforts focus on the FTC Act’s broad prohibition against “unfair or deceptive” acts or practices.  The FTC also has played a valuable role … Continue Reading