A Message from the Chair of the NCBA Privacy and Data Security Section

By Alex Pearce

Greetings Privacy and Data Security Section members!  It’s hard to believe we’re more than halfway through our inaugural year as a Section.

Following the Section Council’s February meeting, I wanted to provide an update on the Section’s activities and highlight some opportunities for members to get involved in the Section’s work.

Annual Meeting and CLE – Planners Needed

On October 24, 2019 the Section held its first Annual Meeting and CLE at the Bar Center in Cary.  The meeting was jam-packed with useful content and was well-received by attendees.  Thanks again to the speakers and to Karin McGinnis and Kate Kliebert, the co-chairs of the CLE committee, for their work in making the program a resounding success.

The next Annual Meeting and CLE will take place on September 17, 2020 at the Bar Center. The CLE Committee is looking for volunteers to assist with the planning for the program. If you are interested in becoming a member of the CLE committee and helping plan this year’s Annual Meeting and CLE, you can sign up on the Section’s Committee Sign-Up Page, or contact Karin and Kate directly.

International Working Group

The Section’s International Working group continues to hold informal lunch meetings to discuss substantive privacy issues. The meetings offer Section members a chance to share practical tips and experiences and discuss common challenges with trusted colleagues. Although the group usually focuses on “international” privacy topics, its most recent meeting in November focused on the California Consumer Privacy Act. Thanks to Orla O’Hannaidh and the rest of the International Working Group for their great work in putting these events together.

Be on the lookout for an invitation to the group’s next lunch discussion later this spring.

Charlotte Speaker and Social Event in May

The CLE Committee is planning to hold a speaker and social event along with the Section Council’s next quarterly meeting, which will take place in May in Charlotte. The CLE Committee is finalizing the details and will send out invitations in the coming weeks. The event—as with all Section happenings—promises to be fun and informative.

Committee Opportunities

As always, I encourage all members who are not already involved with a Section committee to become involved.  Committees are where the real work of the Section gets done, and they offer excellent opportunities to network with other members and become involved in the leadership of the Section.

Current Section Committee Chairs are listed on the Section’s Leadership Page. You can contact them directly with questions about their committees, or just join any committee whose work you’re interested in by signing up on the Section’s Committee Sign-Up Page.

As always, I invite you to call on me if you have any questions or suggestions for the Section.

Alex Pearce
2019-2020 Chair, NCBA Privacy and Data Security Section