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GDPR Compliance Task Force: 10 Months To Go

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation goes into effect on May 25, 2018. GDPR replaces the EU Data Protection Directive. GDPR can apply to US-based businesses even if they do not have offices or employees in the EU. It can also reach activities conducted outside the EU.

The Directive did not regulate US businesses unless the collection or processing occurred within the EU (e.g., if a US-based company had a data center in the EU). Now GDPR clearly has stronger extraterritorial reach than its predecessor.

Businesses collecting and using personal data should know their GDPR obligations. Violators of GDPR face steep penalties. Regulators can fine a company up to 20,000,000 euros or 4% of worldwide annual turnover, whichever is higher.

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Theodore Claypoole, Intellectual Property Attorney, Womble Carlyle, private sector lawyer, data breach legal counsel, software development law
Senior Partner

As a Partner of the Firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, Ted leads the firm’s IP Transaction Team, as well as data breach incident response teams in the public and private sectors. Ted addressed information security risk management, and cross-border data transfer issue, including those involving the European Union and the Data Protection Safe Harbor. He also negotiates and prepares business process outsourcing, distribution, branding, software development, hosted application and electronic commerce agreements for all types of companies.

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Allen O'Rourke, Womble Carlyle, Cybercrime Prosecution Lawyer, Breach Investigations Attorney

Drawing upon years of experience prosecuting cybercrime, Allen comes to the aid of clients affected by data breaches and cyber-attacks. He works with clients’ legal and information security teams to investigate cybersecurity incidents, coordinate the remediation of any breach, interface with law enforcement as appropriate, and ensure compliance with applicable data breach laws and regulations. In addition to incident response, Allen defends clients facing government investigations, regulatory enforcement actions, consumer class actions, and other litigation arising from data breaches.  He also provides counsel to clients regarding cybersecurity preparedness, active network defense, and any related legal issues, including guidance about the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), and Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA).

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Taylor Ey, Intellectual property attorney, Womble Carlyle, Law Firm
Associate

Taylor is an associate in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in Womble Carlyle’s Research Triangle Park Office.

Education

J.D. | 2016 | Wake Forest University School of Law | cum laude | Notes and Comments Editor, Wake Forest Law Review, 2015-2016 | Teaching Assistant, Legal Analysis, Writing and Research I & II, Writing for Judicial Chambers

M.S. |2012 | The Ohio State University | Biomedical Engineering

B.S. | 2011 | The Ohio State University | Biomedical Engineering | Minor, Life Sciences | cum laude

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Orla M. O'Hannaidh, Womble Carlyle, Intellectual Property Attorney, Technology Commercialization Lawyer
Associate

Orla O’Hannaidh is an associate in Womble Carlyle’s Intellectual Property Practice Group and a member of the firm’s IP Transactions Team. Her practice focuses on drafting and reviewing a broad variety of contracts involving the use and commercialization of intellectual property and technology. Orla also practices in the areas of copyright, marketing, sweepstakes and promotions law. Before joining Womble Carlyle, Orla worked for the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs in Washington D.C. and Dublin, Ireland. Orla gained significant experience in government relations and negotiations. Orla...

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