Consumer Privacy Law and the Impact of Evolving Technology

A symposium of the St. Thomas Journal of Law and Public Policy

Date & Time:

Friday, March 22, 2019
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM


MSL 235


Melissa Krasnow is a partner at VLP Law Group LLP in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she concentrates her practice on privacy, data security, big data, artificial intelligence, technology transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and serving as outside counsel to large corporations. A local expert in privacy law, Ms. Krasnow is Bloomberg Law’s primary contributor for privacy law in Minnesota. Ms. Krasnow is also a Certified Privacy Professional and a board leadership fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors. At the Symposium, Ms. Krasnow will provide an overview and introduction to privacy laws in the United States, including the policy reasons behind advocating for consumer privacy. She will also provide a brief overview of California’s new privacy law and compare it to that of the European Union.

John Albanese and Joe Hashmall are attorneys at Berger Montague in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mr. Albanese and Mr. Hashmall have significant consumer privacy litigation experience, representing both individual plaintiffs and class actions. Mr. Albanese works in privacy law, and Mr. Hashmall works in consumer protection law. As joint speakers at the Symposium, Mr. Hashmall and Mr. Albanese will discuss both their collective experiences in litigating consumer privacy cases in addition to current events and issues in consumer privacy law.

Serving as Consumer Protection Counsel at Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) in Washington, D.C., Christine Bannan has amassed experience on the policymaking side of privacy law. While working at EPIC, Ms. Bannan has prepared testimony on data security and the Equifax breach for both Senate and House of Representatives hearings, written amicus briefs for privacy law cases on appeal to the Supreme Court and Courts of Appeals, and has written statements and comments to federal agencies and congressional committees. Her location in Washington, D.C. makes her especially privy to legislation, and EPIC has been consumer privacy legislation, in addition to its many other functions. Ms. Bannan will be the final individual speaker at the Symposium, and she will speak on the current state of discussions in Congress and on Capitol Hill, future legislation, what is on the horizon in consumer privacy law.

Senator Klobuchar will be sending an individual from her office to read a letter she wrote for the Symposium, which will discuss the bipartisan consumer privacy legislation that Sen. Klobuchar recently introduced to Congress.

8:00 - 8:30 a.m. - Light breakfast
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. - Melissa Krasnow presentation
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. - John Albanese and Joe Hasmall presentation
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Christine Bannan presentation
11:30 - 11:35 a.m. - Letter from Senator Amy Klobuchar read by her staff
11:35 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Panel discussion

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