NDLS to Host Data Security Conference

Author: Kayah St Gerard

An NDLS Data Security Conference Friday will focus on the legal and ethical issues in data security. The conference is cosponsored by the John J. Reilly Center and the Notre Dame Office of Digital Learning.

“Data is used for a wide range of enormously beneficial purposes,” said Mark McKenna, professor of law, Notre Dame presidential fellow, and one of the conference organizers. “But the era of big data comes with substantial risks to privacy, particularly as data breaches continue to increase, and we therefore need well-developed law and policy relating to data security.”

Among other topics, conference participants will consider:

  • the regulatory tools available to balance the different interests of productive use of data and data privacy;
  • the ways data collection and use implicate free speech concerns;
  • and the extent to which data security should focus on technology fixes and the role of people in preventing and remedying breaches.

In addition to McKenna, participants will include:

  • Danielle Citron, Morton & Sophia Macht Professor of Law, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
  • Ryan Harkins, director of state affairs and public policy, Microsoft Corp.
  • Woodrow (Woody) Hartzog, W. Stancil Starnes Professor of Law, Samford University Cumberland School of Law
  • Justin (Gus) Hurwitz, assistant professor of law and co-director of the Space, Cyber, and Telecom Law Program, University of Nebraska College of Law
  • Andrea Matwyshyn, professor of law, Northeastern University School of Law
  • William McGeveran, associate professor and Solly Robins Distinguished Research Fellow, University of Minnesota School of Law
  • Walter Scheirer, assistant professor, University of Notre Dame
  • Scott Shackelford, associate professor of business law and ethics, Indiana University Kelley School of Business
  • David Thaw, assistant professor of law and information sciences, University of Pittsburgh

The conference will be from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in room 2130 at Notre Dame Law School. All are welcome to attend.