Contributor: Jeff Kosseff, CIPP/US

Jeff Kosseff, CIPP/US, is a privacy and communications associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Covington & Burling, LLP. He clerked for Judge Milan D. Smith, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge Leonie M. Brinkema of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eastern District of Virginia. Before becoming a lawyer, he was a journalist for The Oregonian and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and recipient of the George Polk Award for national reporting. He can be reached at jkosseff@cov.com.

Opinion

Hey "Chicken Littles," Wyndham Doesn’t Mean the Sky is Falling

By Jeff Kosseff

Based on the extensive news coverage of this week’s court ruling against Wyndham Hotels and Resorts in its battle with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), one would think that the sky is falling on efforts to resist FTC enforcement actions relating to data security.

Adweek wrote that the case is “a test for how much authority the FTC has in bringing cases against companies the agency deems have...

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Opinion

Can Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Fill the Role of a DPA?

By Jeff Kosseff

In recent months, authors on this blog have argued about whether the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) or state attorneys general serve as the de facto data protection authority in the U.S.

Both sides are correct. The FTC and state attorneys general help set the general requirements for privacy and data security, just as DPAs do in Europe. But another group is playing a role in the shaping of U.S....

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A Ray of Hope to Eliminate False Light

By Jeff Kosseff

In the past half-century, First Amendment lawyers have successfully convinced courts and state legislatures to make it more difficult for plaintiffs to bring defamation lawsuits. These changes have helped preserve the public debate that is vital to our democracy, particularly as the Internet has expanded platforms for free speech and enabled every individual to publish their opinions and stories....

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