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Christopher Wolf is a director of Hogan Lovells' Privacy and Information Management practice group.
Chris was one of the first lawyers in the U.S. to focus on privacy law for clients, and he remains a leader in the field. MSNBC has called Chris "a pioneer in Internet law." In 1998, a high-profile victory in a pro bono case against the government for its violation of the Electronic Communication Privacy Act brought Chris to national attention as a privacy lawyer after his almost-two decades as a litigator in complex commercial and technology cases. Today, he is known to clients as a practical problem solver on issues arising from the collection, use, retention, sharing, and security of personal data. He is a thoughtful compliance counselor focused on risk management and an effective advocate in federal court, at the Federal Trade Commission, or before state agencies, on the entire range of international and domestic privacy issues.
As the privacy law compliance challenges evolve and as cloud computing, mobile technology, social media, online tracking, cross-border transfers of data, and other technology-related issues present new problems to solve, Chris is at the forefront of lawyers tackling those problems.
In a rapidly changing area of the law, Chris knows that to be effective a privacy lawyer has to stay abreast of developments and "ahead of the curve." In that regard, Chris is the founder and chair of the Future of Privacy Forum, a think tank devoted to advancing responsible data practices that has become a leading platform for discussion and development of best practices.
Chris was the editor and lead author of the first PLI treatise on privacy law and is a frequent author and speaker on privacy and data security issues. He was the first privacy lawyer to testify before the Senate Judiciary Privacy Subcommittee, the only privacy lawyer to speak at the 2011 eG8 Conference in Paris, and he was a member of a group advising the OECD on the OECD privacy guidelines. Chris has been invited by the Government of Alberta to be one of five members of an expert panel reviewing the Province's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act. As a member of the FOIP Review Expert Panel, Chris will provide input on international best practices.
In 2012, Chris was a lead plenary session speaker at the 34th Annual Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Uruguay, and moderated a panel of Data Protection Authorities from around the world at the "Public Voice" civil society conference that preceded the official Uruguay conference. Also in 2012, Chris was elected to the American Law Institute and participated in an invitation-only ALI conference in San Francisco on privacy law; he was asked by the judges of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to help organize and present at its day-long off-site conference on privacy law; he was tapped by the International Association of Privacy Professionals to organize and moderate (with his Future of Privacy Forum co-chair) a "Big Data" program at the IAPP Navigate conference in Mountain View, California; and he presented at Stanford Law School on the EU E-Commerce Directive. He is a featured speaker at the 2013 Computers, Privacy and Data Protection conference in Brussels.
In its recent guide to law firms, Chambers ranked Chris (and the firm's practice) in the top tier, and wrote: "Christopher Wolf is singled out as a trusted adviser with strong international capabilities. Sources note that he is 'always making connections for us above and beyond what you expect — a valued business adviser.'"
Chris is a cum laude graduate of Bowdoin College, and graduated magna cum laude Order of the Coif from the Washington & Lee University School of Law. He participated in the General Course at the London School of Economics. Following law school, he clerked for U.S. District Judge Aubrey E. Robinson, Jr. in Washington, D.C. Chris is active in charitable organizations and serves on the Boards of the Anti-Defamation League where he is chair of the National Civil Rights Committee, WETA Public Broadcasting, Food & Friends (a social services agency), the George Washington University Hospital, and Young Concert Artists.
Hogan Lovells Publications
24 February 2014
"New U.S. Cybersecurity Framework Issued: In Wake of Cyber Attacks and Lawsuits, How Should Organizations Respond?" Cybersecurity Alert, Hogan Lovells
"Global Media and Communications Quarterly: Featuring Highlights from the Winnik International Telecoms and Internet Forum 2013." GMC Quarterly, Hogan Lovells
21 September 2012
"Senate Commerce Committee’s Probe of Corporate Cybersecurity is Unprecedented and Poses Many Challenges." Cybersecurity Alert, Hogan Lovells
13 June 2012
"NLRB’s newest report scrutinizes social media policies and provides a sample lawful policy." Employment Alert, Hogan Lovells
10 May 2012
"Global Media and Communications Quarterly, The Future of Television." GMC Quarterly, Hogan Lovells
10 May 2012
"EU and U.S. Privacy Proposals Converge on Principles, Diverge on Method." GMC Quarterly, Hogan Lovells
25 October 2011
"SEC issues guidance on disclosure of cybersecurity risks and cyber incidents." SEC Update, Hogan Lovells
18 October 2011
"Proposed FAR rule would require privacy training for government contractors." Government Contracts and Privacy and Information Management Alert, Hogan Lovells
25 July 2011
"Global Media and Communications Quarterly, Issue 3: Focus on Cloud Computing." GMC Quarterly, Hogan Lovells
25 January 2011
"Red Flag Program Clarification Act exempts certain creditors from Red Flag Rules." Privacy Alert, Hogan Lovells
21 December 2010
"FTC privacy report and Department of Commerce green paper raises important questions on commercial use of information about people." Privacy and Information Management Alert, Hogan Lovells
"Global Media and Communications Quarterly, Issue 1: Focus on Graduated Response." GMC Quarterly, Hogan Lovells
22 June 2010
"OMG: What is an Employer to Do? Companies Still Well-Advised to Restrict Expectations of Privacy in the Workplace after the Supreme Court's Limited Decision in Text Messaging Case, City of Ontario v. Quon." Litigation Alert, Hogan Lovells
"Media & Communications Briefing: Issue 6." Media & Communications Briefing, Hogan & Hartson LLP
11 March 2010
"Life Sciences: Competition Antitrust Update, Issue 15." Life Sciences: Competition Antitrust Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP
14 January 2010
"Media & Communications Briefing: Issue 5." Media & Communications Briefing, Hogan & Hartson LLP
04 November 2009
"FTC Issues Guidance on Blogging-for-Pay, Testimonial Disclaimers, and Celebrity Endorsements in First Revision of Endorsement Guides in 29 Years." Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP
02 November 2009
"FTC Issues Guidance on Blogging-for-Pay, Testimonial Disclaimers, and Celebrity Endorsements in First Revision of Endorsement Guides in 29 Years." Privacy Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP
"Media & Communications Briefing: Issue 4." Media & Communications Briefing, Hogan & Hartson LLP
24 September 2009
"Navigating Social Media in the Business World." IP Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP
27 August 2009
"Businesses May be Facing Last Chance to Comply with FTC Identity Theft Red Flags Rule: Extension of Compliance Deadline to 11-1-09." Privacy Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP
19 August 2009
"What Do the Second Set of Revisions to the Massachusetts Standards for the Protection of Personal Information Mean for Business?" Privacy Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP
18 June 2009
"Privacy & Data Security Briefing: Issue 9." Privacy & Data Security Briefing, Hogan & Hartson LLP
11 June 2009
"Media & Communications Briefing: Issue 3." Media & Communications Briefing, Hogan & Hartson LLP
15 April 2009
"Privacy & Data Security Briefing: Issue 8." Privacy & Data Security Briefing, Hogan & Hartson LLP
"Delusions of Adequacy? Examining the Case for Finding the United States Adequate for Cross-Border EU-US Data Transfers." Volume 43, Washington University School of Law Journal of Law and Policy
11 July 2013
"Response to those who declare privacy is dead." The Daily Journal
15 April 2013
"Harmonization of Data Privacy in U.S.-EU Trade Talks."
09 April 2013
"Regulators and Plaintiffs' Lawyers Are Ready to Pounce on Privacy and Data Security Missteps: A Guide to Limiting Corporate Risk." Bloomberg BNA, Privacy and Security Law Report, 12 PVLR 586
28 February 2013
"Testimony of Chris Wolf before the U.S. International Trade Commission."
25 August 2011
"Wolf Says Right To Erase Privacy Information Would Be Unwieldy." Bloomberg Law
19 January 2011
"Can Speech Be Policed in a Borderless World?", The Next Digital Decade: Essays on the Future of the Internet
13 December 2010
"Targeted Enforcement and Shared Lawmaking Authority As Catalysts for Data Protection in the United States.", BNA Electronic Commerce & Law Report
4th Quarter 2009
"Smart Grids and Privacy." Communications & Strategies n° 76
21 July 2009
"Recent Federal Developments in Privacy and Information Security." PLI Privacy and Data Security Law Treatise, Practising Law Institute
"A Practical Guide to the Red Flag Rules: Identifying and Addressing Identity Theft Risks." Practising Law Institute
"Proskauer on Privacy: A Guide to Privacy and Data Security Law in the Information Age." Practising Law Institute
05 March 2014 - 07 March 2014
2014 IAPP Global Privacy Summit
10 December 2013 - 12 December 2013
IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2013