As Trump Administration Promises Deregulation, Should You Still Prioritize Privacy and Data Security?


In 2017, businesses face growing uncertainty when deciding whether to prioritize privacy and data security compliance.

The latest state of affairs is a study in contrasts:

  • The FCC’s latest privacy framework is under threat.  FCC Chairman Ajit Pai released a joint statement with FTC Acting Chairwoman Maureen Ohlhausen issuing a temporary stay of the FCC’s new data security rule. Congress has threatened to step in and roll back the rules with its Congressional Review authority.
  • Other agencies, like the FTC, continue to enforce their own privacy and data security requirements on a case-by-case basis.
  • States continue to enforce privacy and data breach notification rules, with varying levels of enforcement.
  • The European Union is preparing its new privacy regulation, the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), with its controversial extraterritorial application and heavy penalty system for non-compliance.

This dynamic involving varying levels of enforcement and different rules has led to uncertainty for communications and Internet of Things businesses.  We have heard from clients that they want clarity on this basic question:  what do I need to do to comply with data privacy and data security rules?

We welcome you to join us on Thursday, April 6, at 11 am (Eastern) for a free, live presentation from our panel of experts at The CommLaw Group.  We will share our insight on what rules or practices to prioritize and how to proceed with privacy and data security compliance.  Our session is titled, “Data Privacy/Security:  Setting Your Compliance Priorities in an Era of Promised Deregulation.”

At this free, live event, you will hear from:

  • Linda McReynoldsOf Counsel, Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) – Privacy Attorney Linda McReynolds is head of the Information Privacy, Data Security and Consumer Protection Practice Group at Marashlian & Donahue, PLLC, The CommLaw Group, where she counsels clients on federal and state laws addressing privacy and data security. As a Certified Information Privacy Professional, Ms. McReynolds assists clients in developing and implementing of privacy and data security policies, information management programs, and managing risks associated with handling personal information without sacrificing a client’s business goals.
  • Ronald QuirkIoT Attorney – Ronald Quirk, is head of the Internet of Things & Connected Devices Practice Group  at Marashlian & Donahue PLLC, The CommLaw Group, where he focuses his practice on the serving the comprehensive needs of the burgeoning and complex Internet of Things industry, including: contracts and commercial law, privacy & cybersecurity, spectrum access, equipment authorization, tax, regulatory compliance planning, and more.  His career has spanned more than 20 years, including several years at AMLAW 100 firms and the FCC.
  • Alexander SchneiderAssociate Attorney – Privacy Attorney Alexander Schneider is a member of the Information Privacy, Data Security and Consumer Protection Practice Group at Marashlian & Donahue, PLLC, The CommLaw Group, where he counsels clients on compliance with data privacy and data security laws, regulations, and best practices.  Mr. Schneider is a regular author of articles on privacy and data security compliance, including “Hey broadband companies, you might follow Verizon’s lead,” published in International Association of Privacy Professional’s Privacy Advisor.
Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 11 a.m. Eastern
Registration Link:  httpss://

Questions?  We have answers!  Submit your questions via the registration page or by email, and we’ll select questions to answer live at the end of the webinar.

The CommLaw Group’s Privacy Attorneys Know FCC Compliance

The CommLaw Group has helped countless communications industry clients develop strategies for complying with federal regulations.  We can help your business build a privacy and data security plan to achieve ongoing compliance with applicable rules and regulations.  If you have any questions, please contact Linda McReynolds, CIPP/US, at or 703-714-1318; Ronald Quirk at or 703-714-1305; or Alexander Schneider at or 703-714-1328.

To register for the webinar, please use the following link:  httpss://  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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