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Hogan Lovells Partner Harriet Pearson Advocates for Cybersecurity Voluntary Codes of Conduct Before Congressional Committee

25 April 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C., 25 April 2013 – Hogan Lovells Privacy and Information Management partner Harriet Pearson testified today before the House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies. Titled “Striking The Right Balance: Protecting Our Nation’s Critical Infrastructure From Cyber Attack And Ensuring Privacy And Civil Liberties,” the hearing focused on how the United States can protect its critical infrastructure from cyber-based threats while safeguarding individual privacy.

Pearson’s testimony called for voluntary codes of conduct for privacy and cybersecurity, in addition to clarifications in relevant laws.

“I endorse the development of voluntary codes of conduct for the privacy-sensitive deployment of cybersecurity measures and programs by business that are common enough to warrant such effort,” Pearson stated in her remarks before the committee. “Examples might include information-sharing codes of conduct, in which organizations that engage in information-sharing partnerships with each other and with governmental agencies develop and commit to adopting privacy-sensitive practices.”

Pearson joined Hogan Lovells in 2012 from the IBM Corporation, where she served as Vice President, Security Counsel, and Chief Privacy Officer, and was responsible for information policy and practices affecting over 400,000 employees and thousands of clients. She is a member of the American Bar Association President’s Cybersecurity Legal Task Force, co-chairs the Cybersecurity Law Institute of the Georgetown University Law Center, and was a member of the CSIS Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency.

Please click here to read Pearson’s testimony.

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