Data Privacy Law: Not Just For the Big Guys


By Peter McClelland

As we begin the new year, data security and privacy law are definitively in vogue. Between Russia’s social media campaigns,[1] renewed tensions with China that include their industrial cyber theft operations,[2] breaches at major U.S. companies like Equifax,[3] Facebook,[4] Yahoo,[5] and Marriot,[6] and the unending barrage of privacy policy updates that the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) has spurred,[7] cybersecurity and privacy issues can justifiably jump to the top of the list of issues lawyers need to address as soon as possible. And that urgency comes even before the technology skills gap is taken into account: at the time of this posting, only Florida and North Carolina require lawyers to have technology training as part of their continuing legal education.

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NCBA Privacy and Data Security Committee To Become a Section

This just in: The Privacy and Data Security Committee is on its way to becoming a new North Carolina Bar Association Section. With growing interest in the Privacy and Data Security arena, the North Carolina Bar Association formed a Privacy and Data Security Committee in June 2017. NCBA members from various practice areas joined the Committee to discuss privacy and data security matters that impact the general public and the legal profession at large. On Jan. 17, 2019 the NCBA’s Board of Governors approved the Committee’s application to become a full-fledged NCBA Section.  As you can see, the Privacy and Data Security Section is on the move.

Whether your practice area focuses on privacy and data security, or just want to stay informed the latest topics and trends, you will find great benefit in joining the new Section, which will officially commence at the start of the new NCBA’s 2019-2020 fiscal year in July.  Below is a list of membership benefits:

  • Opportunities to meet and network with other privacy and data security practitioners;
  • Opportunities to join interest-based subcommittees focusing on important privacy and data security issues, including those that arise in the international, in-house, law firm, public service, and law enforcement contexts;
  • Opportunities to attend CLEs and informal knowledge-sharing and social events;
    Committee and subcommittee leadership opportunities;
  • Opportunities to publish and present on privacy and data security issues; and
  • Access to a Section listserv, a forum for members to connect and exchange questions and comments on developments in the field.

The new Section is now open for registration. To join the Privacy and Data Security Section, please go to the following:


Privacy and Data Security Law: Kind of a Big Deal


By Alex Pearce

One of the hottest areas in the law is privacy and data security.  Both the NCBA and our colleagues at the North Carolina State Bar have noticed.

In this inaugural blog post of the NCBA’s Privacy and Data Security Committee, we discuss two developments of which all North Carolina lawyers interested in this important field should take note: (1) the State Bar’s new Privacy and Information Security Law specialty certification, and (2) plans for our Committee to become a full-fledged NCBA Section.

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