Lydia Parnes

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Lydia Parnes is a partner in the D.C. office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where her practice focuses on privacy, data security, online advertising, and general advertising and marketing practices. The former director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission, Lydia is a highly regarded privacy expert. As director of BCP, she oversaw data security enforcement efforts and the development of the FTC’s approach to online advertising. She testified on the benefits of a nationwide data breach law, the risks of legislating in the technology area, and the need to assist consumers who become victims of identity theft. Lydia has extensive experience with the application of consumer-protection principles to the technology market. In 2006, she served as the deputy executive director of the President's Task Force on Identity Theft, coordinating the efforts of 17 federal agencies in developing a national strategic plan to combat identity theft. Lydia currently advises companies on how to maintain the highest standards for the collection, protection and use of consumer data while pursuing their business interests. She helps clients respond to security breaches, including defending against federal investigations; develop and implement comprehensive privacy compliance programs; and understand the nuances of regulation and self-regulation in the privacy arena. Lydia is Vice Chair of the ABA's Section of Antitrust Law’s Consumer Protection Committee. She is on the Board of Directors of the Council of Better Business Bureaus and is a Member of the DHS Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. In 2010, she was named among the country’s top privacy and data security attorneys in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business; in 2011 she was recognized in Chamber’s Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business. In 2012, Wilson Sonsini was recognized by Law360 as a “top privacy and consumer protection” law firm.


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