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  • Meet your hosts

    Mari Frank

    Mari Frank, attorney and privacy consultant, is the creator of The Identity Theft Survival Kit, the audiocassette series Identity Theft Prevention and Survival, co-author of Privacy Piracy (with Beth Givens), and the author of two new books published by Porpoise Press (January 2005): From Victim to Victor: A Step by Step Guide for Ending the Nightmare of Identity Theft (2nd Edition, with CD) and Safeguard Your Identity: Protect Yourself With a Personal Privacy Audit. Mari is also the co-host with Lloyd Boshaw of Privacy Piracy a one hour public affairs radio show at KUCI 88.9 FM and www.kuci.org (U. of Ca., Irvine) dealing with all issues of privacy in the information age.

    Ms. Frank has testified many times on privacy and identity theft issues in the California legislature and in the US Congress. In May 1999, she was summoned to the White House to a press conference to speak on Consumer Privacy, and the speech was broadcast on C-SPAN. In December 2004, and March 2005, Mari's ninety-minute PBS Television special, "Identity Theft: Protecting Yourself in the Information Age," aired nationwide and aired again in June 2005. Both of her new books were featured as gifts for viewers who pledged support for local PBS stations.

    Mari consults with corporations and government agencies and provides professional speaking programs. She serves on the identity theft task force of the LA County District Attorney, and California's DMV Task Force on privacy. She's an Orange County Sheriff Reserve on the High Tech Crime Unit, an Advisory Board Member of the Identity Theft Resource Center, the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, and she's a member of the Advisory Board of the State of California's Office of Privacy Protection. Mari is a certified trainer for the State Bar of California, a law professor, and currently teaches Conflict Management at the University of California, Irvine.

    Mari has appeared on dozens of national TV programs including Dateline, 48 Hours, the O'Reilly Factor, Investigative Reports, NBC and ABC Nightly News, CNN and has been interviewed on more than 250 radio shows. She has been featured in major newspapers and magazines, and her articles have been published in legal journals and magazines. Please find out more at www.identitytheft.org.

    Lloyd Boshaw

    Lloyd D. Boshaw, Jr. is our radio engineer and sometimes co-host (when he isn't too busy running the board, he asks questions too!) Lloyd has been a General Contractor and Builder for almost 30 years. He also is very adept at fixing almost anything and quick to learn the radio engineering skills. Lloyd is also a qualified and experienced mediator and arbitrator of construction disputes, and he has helped resolved many complex cases to the parties' satisfaction. Lloyd and Mari have been friends since they met in Hawaii in1989 and after many years married in 2001. As a favor to Mari, and as a result of his strong belief that privacy is diminishing in our society, Lloyd agreed to learn the radio skills necessary to team with Mari for this show.


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    Feb 9, Simone McCormick, Director at Murphy Pearson Bradley & Feeney.

    Simone McCormick represents businesses and professionals in products liability, malpractice claims as well as business disputes and employment matters. Ms. McCormick successfully handles disputes at all stages of litigation from inception to conclusion in state and federal court as well as in administrative proceedings. Ms. McCormick also counsels clients in compliance and risk management matters and in government investigations (e.g. privacy, data breach, HIPAA/HITECH, wage & hour, discrimination/harassment, elder abuse). Ms. McCormick represents each client with an eye towards sensible and effective resolution based on the specific objectives of the client. Ms. McCormick also assists clients in contractual matters, preparation of specifically tailored policies, procedures and handbooks and she conducts internal audits, trainings and investigations. Ms. McCormick acts as breach coach and is a certified CIPP/US.

    Publications

    • Law firms must take steps to protect private client data, Daily Journal, Nov. 26, 2014
    • Anti-SLAPP in the Employment Investigation Context, Daily Journal, Oct. 2013
    • Elder Abuse Tack-Ons, Daily Journal, Jun. 6, 2012
    • ASEM - A Promising Attempt to Overcome Protective Regionalism and Facilitate the Globalization of Trade, Annual Survey of International and Comparative Law, Volume X, 233 (2004)
    Presentations
    • What Every Business Needs to Know about Privacy and Data Breach, January 2014, with James F. Monagle
    • Liability Concerns Arising from the Integration of Medical Devices into IT Networks, May 2013
    • Best Practices in Representing the Elderly, May 2013
    • New Challenges for Medical Device Manufacturers and Hospitals, October 2012
    • Best Practices to Prevent Elder Abuse, August 2012 Professional Associations
    Ms. McCormick serves on the Women in Business Committee of the German-American Business Association and is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of California and the Bar Association of San Francisco.

    Community Contributions

    Ms. McCormick serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the German School of San Francisco and on the advisory committee for City College of San Francisco's Legal Studies Program. She is a volunteer advisor for Kids Nature Adventures LLC, a San Francisco-based nature camp for children. She participates in local and national running events to benefit various non-profit organizations. Ms. McCormick is co-founder and former member of the Board of Directors of Kinderhaus, Inc.


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    Feb 16, Mark Mao, Vice Chair of both the Technology Practices Group and Financial Services Practice Group at Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck, LLP.

    Hsiao (Mark) Mao, Vice Chair of both the Technology Practices Group and Financial Services Practice Group at Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck, LLP works out of the firm's San Francisco and Los Angeles offices.

    Mr. Mao's practice focuses primarily on mobile, cloud, and big-data companies, with a particular interest in their software, licensing, and privacy law needs. He has substantial experience advising and litigating on behalf of tech companies in the Silicon Valley. Mr. Mao has also represented companies across a broad spectrum of other industries, including software, hardware, bio-tech, "green-tech", and medical devices, defending their directors and officers in shareholder and insider disputes, in addition to servicing their intellectual property needs. He advises businesses on the evolving areas of privacy laws and "cyber liability" insurance, where the regulatory and legal issues continue to change.

    During the dot-com era, Mr. Mao was an Information Technologies Consultant with Arthur Andersen Consulting implementing enterprise database software throughout the Silicon Valley, which uniquely positions him to serve clients where technology matters are concerned. He believes in litigating efficiently and effectively for his clients, so that companies can focus on their growth while mitigating their risks.

    Mr. Mao has also successfully defended numerous professionals such as attorneys, accountants, real estate brokers, and mortgage brokers against claims of professional malpractice and fraud. He has litigated on behalf of various financial institutions such as securities broker dealers, investment advisory firms, lenders, and companies providing financial services or making public and private offerings of security products. In addition, Mr. Mao litigates all aspects of real estate litigation, including disputes over buy-sell agreements, commercial leasing, foreclosures, construction defects, course of construction disputes, problems arising in public work projects, premises liability, unlawful detainer, right of use, and planned developments.

    A graduate of University of California, Berkeley School of Law, Mr. Mao is fully fluent in Mandarin Chinese and is able to both speak and read Chinese as a native speaker.


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    Feb 23, Sam Pfeifle, Publications Direction for the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

    As publications director, Sam oversees everything from the Daily Dashboard to the monthlyPrivacy Advisor to the IAPP's various blogs, books and Resource Center items. If you'd like to contribute to the privacy body of knowledge the IAPP curates on a daily basis-even if you'd like to speak at one of our events-Pfeifle is your first point of contact.

    Pfeifle came to the IAPP after stints overseeing a number of B2B publications, including titles in the physical security, workboat and 3D data capture industries. He began his journalism career with the alternative newsweekly The Portland Phoenix, and still writes a local music column for the paper on a weekly basis. Pfeifle has a BS in education and a BA in English from the University of Vermont, and spent two years as a high school English teacher in New Hampshire.

    In his free time, Pfeifle plays in a bluegrass band, serves on the local Little League board, writes scathing letters to the editor of the local paper and enjoys spending time with his wife and two children in Maine.

    To contact Sam, email spfeifle@privacyassociation.org.


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    Mar 2, Scott Lesowitz, experienced trial attorney with a strong background incorporate and business law at Raines Feldman, LLP. & Erik Syverson leading internet and technology attorney and co-chairs Raines Feldman, LLP. Internet and Digital Media Practice Group..

    Scott Lesowitz

    Profile

    Scott Lesowitz is an experienced trial attorney with a strong background in corporate and business law. Scott started his legal career as a corporate attorney at Sonnenschein, Nath, & Rosenthal (now Dentons) in New York.Scott then served as a federal prosecutor as an Assistant United States Attorney in San Diego. At the United States Attorney's Office, Scott tried ten felony jury trials (five by himself without the aid of co-counsel), wrote twelve appellate briefs, gave four oral arguments to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, litigated dozens of motions, and headed numerous criminal investigations.After leaving the U.S. Attorney's Office, Scott worked alongside current Raines Feldman attorneys Erik Syverson and Steven Gebelin at a prominent boutique civil litigation firm in Century City. Scott worked on cases involving alleged breach of contract, trademark infringement, copyright infringement, defamation, unlawful termination, breach of fiduciary duties, fraud, unlawful use of trade secrets, civil RICO, auditor malpractice, and white-collar crime.At Raines Feldman, Scott works in the internet and digital media practice group, as well as in the general litigation practice group. Scott also brings his diverse experiences to the real estate practice group.

    SignificantEngagements

    Scott used his experience as a self-taught computer programmer to help achieve a settlement for a video game developer who sued a Chinese company for copyright infringement in a case involving video games that have been distributed to 40 million people. After Scott deposed the plaintiffs' proposed expert in a trademark infringement case, the plaintiffs withdrew the expert. Twice Scott received official recognition from federal law-enforcement agencies for his positive accomplishments, guidance, dedication, and contributions to successful criminal investigations. Scott successfully tried and convicted a defendant in a complex case that was set for trial with eight days' notice. The case involved documentary evidence that had been largely destroyed in a hurricane, seven government witnesses, and the cooperation of multiple government agencies.

    Admissions

    State Bar of California; U.S. District Court for Central District of California; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth District; State Bar of New York; U.S. District Court for Southern District of New York; U.S. District Court for Eastern District of New York

    Erik Syverson

    Erik Syverson is a leading internet and technology attorney and co-chairs the Firm's Internet and Digital Media Practice Group. In addition to his extensive litigation and trial experience, national news media organizations frequently turn to Erik for analysis of contemporary internet law issues including CNBC, FOX NEWS, THE HUFFINGTON POST, THE NFL NETWORK, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES and CNN. Mr. Syverson was named a 'Rising Star' by Super Lawyers magazine in 2012, 2013, 2014, and a Super Lawyer in 2015 a distinction given to less than 2.5 percent of attorneys in California.In addition to general commercial litigation, Erik handles litigation related to digital media, advertising and intellectual property rights for public and private companies. His cases often involve cutting edge business models that require innovative strategies and solutions.Erik litigates and advises internet companies with regard to federal and state statutes such as Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, the Consumer Fraud & Abuse Act, the Lanham Act, the Computer Fraud Act, the Wiretap Act, and the Stored Communications Act. Additionally Erik advises clients on international internet regulations, particularly European privacy and intellectual property laws.In a number of cases, Erik has successfully defended a number of well-known social networks and highly trafficked user-generated content sites by invoking the Communications Decency Act and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. His successful application of such defenses and immunities has resulted in numerous early dismissals or favorable settlements of lawsuits for defamation and intellectual property infringement.Erik frequently handles cases arising under the Lanham Act including claims related to contributory trademark and counterfeiting liability for internet service providers. Erik also represents national consumer brands in the food and apparel industries in enforcement actions for infringement and dilution claims.Erik has represented dozens of corporate executives, entertainers and high net worth individuals in internet defamation cases. In such cases, Erik provides a comprehensive strategy focused upon unmasking the source of anonymous internet defamation by utilizing the litigation process to remove false information from the internet. Erik's efforts have resulted in numerous confidential settlements and jury verdicts providing for monetary damages and the permanent removal of defamatory internet content.


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    Feb 2, John Soumilas, Consumer Protection Attorney and shareholder at the law firm of Francis & Mailman, P.C. in center city Philadelphia.

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    John Soumilas is a shareholder at the law firm of Francis & Mailman, P.C. in center city Philadelphia. He concentrates his practice in the areas of consumer protection law, including fair credit reporting, fair debt collection, and consumer class actions. John litigates cases primarily in federal court on behalf of victims of identity theft, persons defamed and otherwise harmed by credit errors, individuals harassed and deceived by debt collectors, and many others who are subjected to fraudulent or unfair trade practices. He has been certified as class counsel in several Fair Credit Reporting Act and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act class action cases.

    John is a 1994 cum laude graduate of Rutgers University, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He also holds a master's degree in American history from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He received his law degree cum laude from the Temple University Beasley School of Law in 1999, where he was a member of the Jessup Moot Court and Temple Law Review. John began his legal career by clerking for Justice Russell M. Nigro of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

    John has been selected by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Philadelphia Magazine as a "SuperLawyer," a recognition received by only 5% of attorneys in Pennsylvania. He is a regular lecturer on consumer matters, including for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the National Business Institute, the National Consumer Law Center, the Practicing Law Institute, the National Association of Consumer Advocates and other organizations. John has been interviewed and quoted concerning many legal issues affecting consumers by a wide range of media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal and Forbes Magazine to Consumer Reports and Free Speech Radio. He has also authored several scholarly and popular articles, including: Predatory Lending, the FCRA and the FDCPA (NBI 2009); How Can I Combat Identity Theft (Philadelphia Magazine, Dec. 2008).

    John Soumilas is a shareholder at the law firm of Francis & Mailman, P.C. in center city Philadelphia. He concentrates his practice in the areas of consumer protection law, including fair credit reporting, fair debt collection, and consumer class actions. John has litigated hundreds of FCRA cases, primarily in federal courts throughout the country. He has tried several cases, obtaining some of highest FCRA jury verdicts. He has also handled FCRA appeals and been appointed class counsel in several class actions. John is a regular lecturer on consumer matters, including for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the National Business Institute, the National Consumer Law Center, the Practicing Law Institute, the National Association of Consumer Advocates and other organizations. John has been interviewed and quoted concerning many legal issues affecting consumers by a wide range of media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal and Forbes Magazine to Consumer Reports and Free Speech Radio. John is a 1994 cum laude graduate of Rutgers University, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He also holds a master's degree in American history from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. John received his law degree cum laude from the Temple University Beasley School of Law in 1999, where he was a member of the Jessup Moot Court and Temple Law Review. He began his legal career by clerking for Justice Russell M. Nigro of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.


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    Jan 26, Frederick Lane, nationally-recognized expert on privacy and the impact of emerging technologies on society.

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    Frederick Lane is a nationally-recognized expert on privacy and the impact of emerging technologies on society. He is an author, attorney, educational consultant, expert witness, and lecturer who has spoken to colleges, universities, and school districts around the country on a variety of issues, including student safety, electronic misbehavior, and digital privacy.

    Lane has written eight books, including most recently "Cybertraps for Educators," "Cybertraps for the Young," and "American Privacy: The 400-Year History of Our Most Contested Right." During the course of his writing career, he has appeared as a guest on a variety of national media programs, including: Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"; ABC's "Nightline" and "Good Morning America Weekend"; CBS's "60 Minutes" and "Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood"; NBC's "Today Show" and "Weekend Today"; as well as numerous local and national radio programs.

    During his 23 years as a resident of Burlington, VT, Lane served for 10 years as a member of the Burlington School Board, including two years as Chair of the Board. Lane now lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, Dr. Amy Werbel. He graduated from Amherst College in 1985 with a degree in Classics and American Studies, and from Boston College Law School in 1988. Additional information about his work is available on his Web site, www.FrederickLane.com.


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    Jan 19, Barbara Lawler, the first Chief Privacy Officer at Intuit, makers of, TurboTax®, QuickBooks®, Mint® and other online financial services.

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    Barbara Lawler is the first Chief Privacy Officer at Intuit, makers of, TurboTax®, QuickBooks®, Mint® and other online financial services, and is responsible for leading the implementation of data stewardship, privacy by design and ethical data use accountability aligned with data innovation, directly benefiting consumers while increasing trust and business growth. She leads a global program that collaborates directly with product development and data scientists to develop and deliver practical guidance and innovative decision-making tools. Intuit tied for first as the "Most Trusted Company for Privacy in America" in 2007, and has finished in the top 10 since 2006.

    Before Intuit, Ms. Lawler spent over 20 years in privacy, data management and marketing at Hewlett Packard, and was their first Chief Privacy Officer. While there, she lead a global team responsible for online and offline privacy strategy, policy and Privacy By Design standards creation to support the HP brand and standing as an exemplary corporate citizen. HP was chosen as the inaugural "Most Trusted Company for Privacy" in 2004.

    Ms. Lawler participates in privacy and information policy leadership groups, including the Executive Committee of the Center for Information Policy Leadership (CIPL), Ponemon Institute RIM Council Advisory Board (Chair), TRUSTe Advisory Board, The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), Information Accountability Foundation. Personally invited to be a Privacy by Design Ambassador by former Ontario Canada IPC Dr. Ann Cavoukian. She is a previous member of the IAPP Board of Directors, has served on the California Office of Privacy Protection Advisory Board for breach notification (SB1386), and the BBBOnLine Advisory Board. She has testified twice before the U.S. Congress House Energy and Commerce Committee (2001, 2011), twice before the Senate Commerce Committee (2002, 2011), the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (2004-2011) and the Internal Revenue Service (2006). She has a B.S. in Business from San Jose State University, certifications in Advertising and Marketing Communications, and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional and Information Privacy Manager (CIPP/US, CIPM).


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    Jan 12, Amitai Etzioni, University Professor and Professor of International Relations at The George Washington University.

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    Amitai Etzioni is a University Professor and Professor of International Relations at The George Washington University. He served as a Senior Advisor at the Carter White House and taught at Columbia University, Harvard Business School, and University of California at Berkeley.

    A study by Richard Posner ranked him among the top 100 American intellectuals. He is the author of numerous op-eds and his voice is frequently heard in the media. He is the author of many books, including The Active Society, The Moral Dimension, Security First, The New Golden Rule, Hot Spots, and My Brother's Keeper. His most recent book, The New Normal: Finding a Balance between Individual Rights and the Common Good, was just released by Transaction Publishers in November 2014.


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    Jan 5, Rebecca Herold, Owner & CEO, The Privacy Professor.

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    Rebecca Herold, CIPM, CIPT, CIPP/US, CISSP, CISM, CISA, FLMI
    Owner & CEO, The Privacy Professor (http://www.privacyguidance.com & http://www.privacyprofessor.org)
    Co-Owner & CVO, HIPAA Compliance Tools (http://www.HIPAACompliance.org)
    Partner, Compliance Helper (http://www.compliancehelper.com)
    Adjunct Professor for the Norwich University Master of Science in Information Security and Assurance (MSISA) program (http://www3.norwich.edu/msia)
    Twitter ID: PrivacyProf (http://twitter.com/PrivacyProf)

    Rebecca is widely recognized and respected and has been providing information privacy, security and compliance services, tools and products to organizations in a wide range of industries for over two decades. Some of her awards and recognitions include the following:

    • Rebecca has been named one of the "Best Privacy Advisers In The World" multiple times in recent years by Computerworld magazine, most recently ranking #3 in the world in the last rankings provided.
    • InformationSecurityBuzz named Rebecca Top 2 Female Infosec Leaders to Follow on Twitter in 2014
    • Peerlyst named Rebecca Top 5 female Infosec leaders to follow on Twitter in 2014
    • Tripwire name me a Top InfoSec Rising Star in 2013
    • Rebecca was named to the Medical Devices Group Advisory Board in 2013
    • Rebecca named to the ISACA International Privacy Task Force in 2013 and again in 2014
    • Rebecca is a member of the prestigious Editorial Advisory Board for Elsevier's "Computers & Security" journal
    Rebecca has authored 16 published books, most recently "The Practical Guide to HIPAA Privacy and Security Compliance 2nd Edition" in October, 2014 and "Data Privacy for the Smart Grid" in January, 2015, both published by CRC Press.

    Rebecca was one of the first practitioners to be responsible for both information security and privacy starting in 1996 in a multi-national insurance and financial organization that was establishing one of the first online banks. In June 2009, Rebecca was asked to lead the NIST SGIP Smart Grid Privacy Subgroup, where she also led the Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) for the home to utility activity, the very first performed in the electric utilities industry. Rebecca is a co-owner for the SIMBUS HIPAA Compliance Tools and Vendor Tracker services (http://www.HIPAACompliance.org) for healthcare organizations and their business associates to meet their HIPAA, HITECH and other legal requirements. Rebecca has been an Adjunct Professor for the Norwich University Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance (MSISA) program since 2005. Rebecca currently serves on multiple advisory boards for security, privacy and high-tech technology organization. Rebecca is frequently interviewed and quoted in diverse broadcasts and publications such as IAPP Privacy Advisor, BNA Privacy & Security Law Report, Wired, Popular Science, Computerworld, IEEE's Security and Privacy Journal, and many others.

    In addition to achieving CISSP, CISM, CISA, and FLMI certifications, Rebecca is CIPP/US, CIPM and CIPT certified, is a member of the IAPP Certification Advisory Board, and is an instructor for the IAPP's CIPT, CIPM, CIPP/US and CIPP Foundations classes. See more about Rebecca, her work, services and products at www.privacyguidance.com.