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Data privacy leaders to gather at Maine Law conference

June 18, 2012

PORTLAND, Maine – Several leading experts on data privacy and cybersecurity will gather in Portland on June 22 for the University of Maine School of Law’s third annual conference on information privacy.

The conference is hosted by Maine Law's Center for Law and Innovation, which offers one of the country’s top programs in information privacy.

Speakers this year include Harriet Pearson, Vice President, Security Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer for IBM; Chris Wolf, director of the privacy and information management practice group at Hogan Lovells, and co-founder of the Future for Privacy Forum; and Maine Law alum Trevor Hughes, President and CEO of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. The conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, June 22, at the Wishcamper Center on the Portland campus of the University of Southern Maine.

The theme of the conference is consumer privacy, which has been an issue of intense debate in Congress, the Federal Trade Commission, the US Department of Commerce, and even at the White House.

The conference also marks the final day of the two-week Information Privacy Institute at the University of Maine School of Law. The Institute, created in partnership with the International Association of Privacy Professionals, is the nation’s first for-credit summer program in information privacy. Attendees of the Institute included law students and professionals, who have the option at the end of the program to sit for the CIPP Exam, one of the most important credentials in the information privacy profession.

The 2012 data governance conference is sponsored by the University of Maine School of Law, the International Association of Privacy Professionals, and Bernstein Shur.

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Media contact: Trevor Maxwell, communications director at Maine Law
Office: 207-228-8037/ Cell: 207-286-4431/ email: tmaxwell@usm.maine.edu