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Loyola Consumer Law Review Symposium 2014


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Loyola University Chicago Consumer Law Review

Consumer Privacy and Data Collection

Friday, March 28, 2014

Philip H. Corboy Law Center
Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom, 10th floor
25 East Pearson Street
Chicago, IL

Symposium Editor: Patrick C. McGinnis

About the Conference

The rise in collection of consumers’ personal and financial information via massive data sets ("Big Data") is transforming the marketplace. This conference will examine the current state of and developments in the consumer privacy and data collection industry. The conference will feature distinguished practitioners and scholars from a variety of backgrounds representing perspectives of both data collectors and consumers, who will present their ideas and comment on their experiences within the data collection and consumer privacy industry.

Registration Information

Loyola University Chicago School of Law is pleased to present this important symposium at no charge for Loyola students and faculty as well as professionals and scholars not seeking CLE credit.  For those who wish to obtain credit, registration fees are $50, or $40 for alumni.  There is no charge for CLE credit for current School of Law faculty, staff, or students, and a 50% fee reduction is offered for attorneys working in the areas of government or public interest.


Seating is limited and registration is appreciated.  To register, please email Patrick McGinnis at pmcginnis@luc.edu. This program has been approved by the Illinois MCLE Board general credit.



The Loyola Consumer Law Review is published three times per year and is the only law review of its kind in the country.  CLR is dedicated to examining legal issues as they relate to consumers. Our publication provides a forum for dialogue among practitioners, law professors, and the rest of our broad subscriber base. Because of CLR's wide subscriber base, the editors strive to avoid "legalese" and heavy footnoting while maintaining the highest level of scholarship in the field.  CLR is devoted to featuring articles regarding the effect of developing legal issues on both consumers themselves and on the practice of law as it relates to consumers.


Symposium Agenda

Friday, March 28, 2014  
8:00 am - 8:45 am Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:45 am - 9:00 am

Opening Remarks

Jane Locke, Faculty Advisor to the Loyola Consumer Law Review

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Panel #1 The Current State of Consumer Privacy and Data Collection

  • Jason Bier, Conversant, Inc.
  • Ed Paddock, Cook County Bureau of Technology
  • Neil Richards, Washington University School of Law
10:30 am - 10:45 am Break
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Panel #2 Regulation of Data Collection

  • Christine Nielsen Czuprynski, Reed Smith LLP
  • Chase Perkins, Thoughtly
  • Erik Jones, Illinois Attorney General's Office
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Luncheon Address

Maneesha Mithal, Federal Trade Commission

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Panel #3 The Role of Class Action Suits in Protecting Consumer Privacy

  • David S. Almeida, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
  • Chandler Givens, Edelson PC
  • Honorable Young B. Kim, Northern District of Illinois
2:15 pm

Closing Remarks

Hugo Gallegos, Editor-in-Chief to the Loyola Consumer Law Review



Jason Bier is the chief privacy officer of Conversant.  He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) and licensed attorney in Illinois. Responsibilities include handling external privacy matters and establishing internal ongoing best practices under a privacy-by-design approach to both protect the public's anonymity and provide an optimum, positive sum benefit to advertisers, publishers, and consumers to improve the internet experience and encourage the proliferation of free online content. Mr. Bier is the recipient of the 2013 Interactive Advertising Bureau’s Service Excellence Award for work on privacy issues facing the online advertising industry.  Mr. Bier serves on the board of directors of the Network Advertising Initiative and is liaison to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Edward Paddock is a senior technology counsel in Cook County’s Bureau of Technology.  In that position, Mr. Paddock counsels the Bureau on technology procurements, compliance requirements, and data security and data privacy matters.  Prior to his current position, Mr. Paddock worked in the City of Chicago’s consumer protection department where he served in multiple roles, most recently as the deputy commissioner of prosecutions and adjudication.  At the City of Chicago, Mr. Paddock also assisted with various broadband development initiatives and cable franchising matters.  In a prior life, Mr. Paddock was an ASP developer, building Internet and intranet sites.  Mr. Paddock has a B.A. from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and a J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.

Neil Richards is a professor of law at Washington University School of Law and an internationally-recognized expert on privacy, technology, and free expression law.  Born in England, Mr. Richards is a graduate of the University of Virginia, and a former law clerk to Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist.  Mr. Richard’s scholarship has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, and other prominent legal journals, and his first book, Intellectual Privacy, will be published by Oxford University Press later this year.

Christine Nielsen Czuprynski is an associate at Reed Smith LLP, where she focuses her practice specifically in the area of data privacy and security, as well as telecommunications and marketing, as part of the firm’s Global Regulatory Enforcement Group. Ms. Czuprynski counsels clients on topics ranging from security breach preparedness and response, to SMS and email marketing campaigns. She provides regulatory advice on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). In addition to TCPA and FCRA compliance advice, Ms. Czuprynski offers guidance on CAN-SPAM, COPPA, and US/EU Safe Harbor certification. She also has extensive litigation experience, defending her clients against privacy-related class actions, such as those involving the TCPA and data security breaches.

Chase Perkins is Founder & CEO of Thoughtly, a data analytics company that quantifies users’ online written engagements and summarizes them in a centralized portfolio. Working to extract insightful information from large data sets, Mr. Perkins understands the sensitive nature of personal data collection. He is an Illinois licensed attorney and regularly blogs about cryptocurrencies (Bitcoin), foreign policy and law. He is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law and a former Senior Editor for Loyola University Chicago Consumer Law Review.

Erik Jones currently serves as an assistant attorney general and director of the Policy Bureau for the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.  Previously, Mr. Jones served as chief investigative counsel and deputy general counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce and as counsel to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in the U.S. House of Representatives.  He began his legal career as an associate in the Washington, DC, office of DLA Piper.  He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

Maneesha Mithal is the associate director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, which focuses on consumer privacy, data security, and credit reporting issues.  In this capacity, Ms. Mithal has managed significant initiatives, including reports on consumer privacy, facial recognition, and mobile privacy disclosures, and workshops on the Internet of Things and mobile device tracking.  She has testified before Congress on data security, facial recognition, and identity theft.  She has also supervised Commission investigations that resulted in consent orders, including against companies such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Lifelock, Equifax, and HTC.  She has held numerous positions at the Commission, including chief of staff of the Bureau of Consumer Protection, and assistant director of the International Division of Consumer Protection.  Prior to joining the Commission 1999, Ms. Mithal was an attorney at the Washington law firm of Covington & Burling.  Ms. Mithal earned her law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.

David S. Almeida is a partner at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP in the Business Trial Practice Group, a practice leader of the firm’s Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) practice group and a member of the firm’s Privacy and Data Security Group. Mr. Almeida is a class action defense litigator. The majority of Mr. Almeida’s work involves the defense of consumer fraud claims, many of which are brought further to a variety of state and federal consumer protection statutes. In addition to defense of these statutory damages claims, he defends companies faced with class claims alleging deceptive or unfair business practices, many of which are often associated with online and offline privacy issues, fraudulent and/or deceptive charges, negative options, disclosure issues, direct marketing, mobile and electronic commerce platforms, loyalty programs and other promotions practices.

CHANDLER GIVENS is an associate at Edelson PC, where his practice focuses on technology and privacy class actions. His lawsuits have centered on fraudulent software development, unlawful tracking of consumers through mobile devices and computers, illegal data retention, and data breach litigation. Me. Givens leads a team of engineers in investigating complex technological fraud and privacy related violations. His group’s research has lead to cases that have prompted significant reforms to the utility software industry and resulted in tens of millions of dollars to U.S. consumers. On the privacy litigation front, Mr. Givens plays an instrumental role in applying new technologies to federal and state statutes. His briefing on these issues has helped produce seminal rulings under statutes like the Stored Communications Act and establish data breach jurisprudence favorable to consumers.

YOUNG B. KIM (JD ’91) is a US magistrate judge for the Northern District of Illinois. He is the first Asian American to take the federal bench in the Seventh Circuit and only the fourth Korean American to serve as a federal judge in U.S. history. Judge Kim received his law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 1991 and began his legal career as an Assistant Cook County Public Defender. He then served as a judicial clerk for US District Judge Charles R. Norgle of the Northern District of Illinois. Judge Kim regularly participates in lectures and training sessions for various bar associations, government agencies, law school groups and community organizations, and serves as a mentor to many law students.


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