Peter is an attorney and a Certified Information Privacy Professional/US (CIPP/US) who assists clients in a range of privacy, data security, cyber supply chain and technology matters.
He regularly counsels on the legal requirements and risks associated with the collection, storage, transfer, use, protection, and disposal of data. Businesses and individuals rely on his privacy and data security expertise for structuring and operationalizing privacy compliance programs, data breach response and planning, contract and vendor management, and licensing and technology transactions. His practice encompasses counsel on a wide variety of state, federal, and international regulations such as Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA), Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH), Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), CAN-SPAM, Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), and international data transfer mechanisms.
Prior to joining Ward and Smith, Peter worked as an in-house attorney for a North Carolina technology cybersecurity startup, where he managed all in-house legal affairs for strategic cyber risk management and data analytics. He also represented the company on a U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Cyber Supply Chain Risk Management Task Force.