David Bender quoted in Legal Tech News regarding conflict between privacy policy transparency and government gag orders

David Bender, Special Counsel, Data Privacy, was recently quoted in an article by Legal Tech News on large tech companies’ ability to operate overseas in the midst of gag orders prohibiting them from informing their customers of government collection. “For David Bender, special counsel of data privacy at GTC Law Group, client concerns are the driving force behind tech companies’ legal battles against gag orders. “Presumably these companies believe in 1stamendment and 4th Amendment rights, but they are fighting for their bottom line,” he said. Bender explained that public compliance with such orders can create unease in many privacy-minded consumers and business clients, especially […]

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GTC Member, Tony Decicco, at Black Duck Flight conference in Amsterdam

GTC Member, Tony Decicco, recently served on two separate panels at the Black Duck Flight conference in Amsterdam on May 17, 2017.  The first panel, “Managing Open Source Due Diligence: A 360 View” presented different perspectives on how to effectively manage open source due diligence and facilitate M&A transactions.  The second, “Guiding Your Leadership on Open Source – Capturing Reward & Managing Risk” discussed tips for successfully engaging corporate leadership on embracing open source as a strategic weapon for business success. Tony focuses on mergers and acquisitions, strategic development of patent portfolios, valuing and commercializing intellectual property assets, and licensing and other […]

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Sayoko Blodgett-Ford speaks at IBM CyberDay4Girls

GTC Member and Chief Privacy Officer Sayoko Blodgett-Ford was one of the speakers at the Boston area IBM CyberDay4Girls event sponsored by Boston College’s Woods College and IBM Security on May 5, 2017.  The event, which aims to introduce teenage girls to the field of cybersecurity, focused on providing tips for protecting personal data and digital reputations and hear from local experts about securing the Internet of Things and career options in the field.  IBM CyberDay4Girls has reached more than 200 girls since the program’s launch last October, through activities across the U.S. and Canada. IBM intends to host dozens of similar events across […]

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Sayoko Blodgett-Ford Co-Chairs Vendor Management panel at inaugural BBA Privacy & Cybersecurity Conference

Sayoko Blodgett-Ford, along with Alexis Goltra, Vice President & Chief Privacy Officer at Oracle, co-chaired the Vendor Management – Priorities, Audits & Security Panel.  The event was part of the Boston Bar Association’s inaugural Privacy & Cybersecurity Conference on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 9am-4pm at the Courtyard Boston Downtown:  http://privacyandcybersecurityconference.bbablogs.org/ The Vendor Management panel featured Scott Semel, recent Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Intralinks Inc. (acquired by Synchronoss Technologies), Andrew Graziani, Senior Legal Director & Senior Privacy Counsel, Cimpress, and Katherine Fick, Privacy/Brand Counsel, IBM Corp. The panel provided practical guidance on management of a vendor privacy & security compliance program, including efficient contract […]

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David Bender named Ponemon Fellow

GTC is proud to announce that David Bender, Special Counsel, Data Privacy, was recently given the distinguished honor of being named a Ponemon Fellow by the Ponemon Institute. Founded in 2002, the Ponemon Institute is considered a pre-eminent research center dedicated to privacy, data protection and information security policy and names several Fellows each year. In addition to being a recognized international expert on data privacy, David has extensive litigation, counseling, and transactional experience in Privacy, Intellectual Property, and Information Technology. David is the author of Bender on Privacy (LexisNexis 2017), Computer Law (LexisNexis, presently in Release #71), and over 100 articles in law reviews and conference […]

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Tony Decicco speaks at Black Duck Flight conference in Amsterdam

GTC Member, Tony Decicco, recently spoke at the Black Duck Flight conference in Amsterdam in May 2017.  Tony, as part of an expert panel, spoke on “How to Talk to Senior Leadership About Open Source & Security License Compliance.”  Tony focuses on mergers and acquisitions, strategic development of patent portfolios, valuing and commercializing intellectual property assets, and licensing and other technology-related transactions. In addition, Tony oversees the firm’s computer code audit and due diligence practice and has extensive experience advising clients regarding the use of open source software. 

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GTC Conference: European Data Privacy Compliance

GTC Law Group recently held a conference on European Data Privacy Compliance on April 6, 2017 at the Harvard Club.  Many thanks to everyone who attended to make the event such a success, and a special thank you to our terrific speakers including our keynote speaker, David Bender, Special Counsel, Data Privacy, GTC & Fellow, Ponemon Institute; Sara Cable, Director, Data Privacy & Security and Assistant Attorney General with the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey; Elaine Call, Technology & Privacy Counsel, Cengage Learning; Katherine Fick, Privacy/Brand Counsel, IBM Corp.; Renard Francois, Global Chief Privacy Officer, General [...] Read more »

GTC Conference: European Data Privacy Compliance Materials

GTC Training: European Data Privacy Compliance April 6, 2017 Harvard Club Downtown, 1 Federal Street, 38th Floor, Boston, MA 02110 8:45am – 12:00pm Eastern Click on the links below to download the materials from the training. KEY ITEMS: TOOLKIT: GTC Global Compliance Toolkit TOOLKIT (Spreadsheet): GTC Global Compliance Toolkit Spreadsheet E-PRIVACY: GTC Draft E-Privacy Regulation Summary GDPR GUIDE: Guide to the General Data Protection Regulation, January 2017 (Bird & Bird) (Provided with permission from Bird & Bird) DPO GUIDELINES: Guidelines on Data Protection Officers (‘DPOs’), adopted on December 13, 2016 (WP243) WP 243 Annex – Frequently Asked Questions Ensuring the Effectiveness […]

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Data Breach Simulation Training Materials

Data Breach Simulation Training Materials January 12, 2017 Harvard Club Downtown, 1 Federal Street, Boston, MA 02110 8:45am – 12:00pm Eastern Click on the links below to download the materials. Data Breach Checklist, by Stroz Friedberg How to Prepare for a Data Breach, by Sean Martin, Information Week IT Network, posted on darkreading.com, June 7, 2016 Data Breach Incident Response Workbook, by Debix, Inc. Introduction to Data Security Breach Preparedness with Model Data Security Breach Preparedness Guide, by Christopher Wolf, Hogan Lovells US LLP Data Breach Case Study of Lessons from the Field, by Experian Data Breach Resolution University of California Privacy […]

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GTC at the IP Law & Management Institute in November 2016

GTC proudly supported IPMI’s Intellectual Property Law & Management Institute again this year.  David Bender (Special Counsel), Tony Decicco (Member), Paul Jean (Member) and Mike Webber (Member) attended on behalf of GTC, with Mike serving as Chairman of the conference. In addition, Tony and David gave a presentation on “Open Source Software and Data Management: Analogues in the Effort to Manage Risk” in which they discussed ways companies take on unknown business, legal, technical and security risks in the open source software and privacy environments by providing mobile apps, selling devices with embedded software, developing software tools to provide professional services, collecting, storing […]

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