Maine Law to host national discussion about data privacy

Jan. 14, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine – Some of the world’s foremost experts on data privacy will converge in Maine on Feb. 21, to participate in the Privacy Law Symposium, hosted by the Maine Law Review at the University of Maine School of Law.

“Who’s Governing Privacy?” will address the most pressing questions about the regulation and protection of information and personal privacy in the digital age. Scholars, policymakers, practitioners and the general public will have an opportunity to discuss challenges, opportunities and solutions.

The symposium is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 21,in the Talbot Lecture Hall on the Portland campus of the University of Southern Maine. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m.; the program runs from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., with an hour-long reception to follow.

The event is free and open to the public. Members of the Maine Bar are eligible for 3.92 CLE credits. To register online, and for a list of topics and presenters, click here.

Maine Law continues to build a solid reputation in this rapidly growing field of law. The law school hosts an annual Information Privacy Summer Insititute, in collaboration with the International Association of Privacy Professionals, which is led by Maine Law alum Trevor Hughes (’95). A new privacy law student group has formed at Maine Law, and seven students worked as interns in the area of privacy law in the summer of 2013. Maine Law also sponsored the Computers, Privacy and Data Protection international conference held this month in Brussels.

Topics and presenters for the Privacy Law Symposium include:

“Some Realism about Technical Solutions to Transnational Surveillance,” presented by Ira Rubenstein, Senior Fellow, and Joris van Hoboken, Microsoft Research Fellow, Information Law Institute, NYU School of Law.

“Structural Limits on Government Access to Personal Data: A Post-Snowden Multi-National Comparison,” presented by Christopher Wolf, Dir., Privacy and Information Management Practice Group, Hogan Lovell, Washington, D.C.

“United We Stand, Divided We Fall: The Promise and Shortcomings of Privacy Self-Regulatory Efforts,” presented by J. Trevor Hughes, President & CEO, and Omer Tene, V.P. of Research and Education, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).


Media contact: Trevor Maxwell, communications director at Maine Law
Office: 207-228-8037/ Cell: 207-286-4431/ email:

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