Protect Your Privacy in the Information Age
Now on every MONDAY morning from 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM, Pacific Time
on 88.9 FM in Irvine
and WORLDWIDE live audio streaming at www.kuci.org
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Meet your hosts
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
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
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 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 2, John Soumilas, Consumer Protection Attorney and shareholder at the law firm of Francis & Mailman, P.C. in center city Philadelphia.
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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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.
- 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)
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.
- 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 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, 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 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.
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.
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
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
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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Jan 26, Frederick Lane, nationally-recognized expert on privacy and the impact of emerging technologies on society.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.