Silicon Valley Chapter Meeting - GDPR - Practical Implementation and Updates

  • 13 Aug 2019
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
  • WilmerHale 950 Page Mill Road Palo Alto, CA 94304

GDPR – Practical Implementation and Updates

Please join WiE Silicon Valley in our effort to further women’s careers in tech and influence change. Laura Berton, Merina Taskova, and Melissa Layton are our dynamic speakers on “GDPR – Practical Implementation and Updates.” U.S. companies continue to struggle to make sense of and comply with the new European privacy laws including GDPR, the ePrivacy Directive (soon to be ePrivacy Regulations), and the NIS Directive (Directive on Security and Information Systems). Based upon their extensive experience helping U.S companies do just that, European-qualified lawyers Laura Berton, Mirena Taskova and Melissa Layton will provide practical advice on tackling this seemingly monumental task, one step at a time.

Laura, Mirena, and Melissa will guide you through understanding if European privacy laws do apply to you and if so your responsibilities as a data processor or controller. They will also tackle practical steps you need to take to ensure that your company is GDPR, NIS and ePrivacy "ready", including what tasks to prioritize and what to focus on when negotiating data protection agreements or clauses.

Thank you to OpenText/Catalyst for graciously sponsoring lunch for this event.

About Our Speakers

Laura Berton

Laura Berton specializes in technology, telecommunications, media and outsourcing projects and has over 10 years' experience advising on commercial, IP and IT issues. She represents a wide array of entrepreneurs and private companies in complex business transactions as well as advising them on their ongoing needs as they arise in the areas of intellectual property, information technology, outsourcing, procurement, e-commerce and data protection.

Laura frequently advises both suppliers and acquirers on a range of technology related contracts including IT and outsourcing contracts and complex technology procurements. She is experienced in assisting on multinational large scale outsourcing projects. She also has experience working on new media and internet matters with search engines, content providers, online retailers and service providers, including in connection with content acquisition; distribution, and digital rights management; and all forms of online contracting and copyright issues.

Laura has been named a 'rising star' in intellectual property in Super Lawyers 2013. She regularly presents on outsourcing and commercial contracts and I am an occasional lecturer in contract law to MBA students at the world's oldest business school, ESCP Europe. She speaks English, French (fluent), Spanish (good), Italian (good) and Arabic (beginner). In her spare time she can be found in a dance class or in the sea.

Mirena Taskova

Mirena Taskova is a Privacy expert with over 12 years' experience advising multinational companies on diverse and complex privacy issues. Mirena has a Master Degree in Law, Science & Technology from Stanford Law School. She lived and worked in the field of Privacy in Sofia (Bulgaria), Vienna (Austria), London (UK) and Palo Alto (USA). Her experiences have given her a global Privacy knowledge and a strong understanding of transatlantic data privacy issues.

A lot of Mirena's work focuses on advising Global businesses navigate EU (and global) privacy and technology-related issues. For example, she advised multinational companies on: complex GDPR privacy related issues, the launch of new online services and products, global personal data processing and personal data transfers, privacy related issues related to the launch of HR global databases and employment, cookies & marketing, complex data subject access requests and data breaches.

Mirena has worked on global ground breaking privacy related issues. Sh advised Fortune 500 companies and large private sector clients in the technology, advertising, market research, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, oil & gas, retail and financial sectors – ranging from: leading technology companies and telecoms to medical devices companies, banks and retail chains to cloud service providers and app developers.

Mirena established the global privacy programs for a multinational large technology company and a global manufacturer by collaborating with the companies' legal, IT, HR and Marketing teams. This enabled us to deliver success, adapt to and mitigate program and budgetary risk.

Melissa Layton

Melissa started her career working in IT procurement for public body, Natural England. She then spent 2 years working in-house for Carlson Wagonlit Travel and SaaS company, MetaPack. She is currently finishing her training contract at Fieldfisher Silicon Valley and will be joining augmented reality start-up HoloMe as GC in October.

The first 30 minutes will be lunch and networking followed by our dynamic meeting.

Beyond having Laura as our incredible speaker on this current topic, a few significant announcements:

Congrats to our amazing new board who will be joining our Chapter Director, Robin Goldberg on the board:

Kimberly Quan, Assistant Director

Alice Tan, Secretary

Tracy Loftesness, Membership Director

Patricia (Paddy) Foley, Meetings Director

Please RSVP by Friday, August 9. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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