Contributor: Phil Lee, CIPP/E, CIPM

Phil Lee is a partner in the Privacy and Information Law Group at Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP, and runs the Palo Alto office of Field Fisher Waterhouse (California) LLP. Lee has particular specialisms in behavioral profiling and cookie regulation, e-marketing and international data transfer strategies (including binding corporate rules). He has worked on numerous multi-jurisdictional data privacy projects across more than 80 countries. 

Lee holds an M.A. in computer science from Cambridge University and a postgraduate diploma in intellectual property from Bristol University. He is a frequent contributor to FFW's Privacy and Information Law blog and is also a contributing author to the IAPP's European Privacy: Law and Practice for Data Protection Professionals and Wolter Kluwers' Global Privacy & Security Laws. Lee is a former committee member of the Society for Computer and Law's Privacy & Data Protection Group.

He can be contacted at phil.lee@ffw.com.

Opinion

What a 21st Century Privacy Law Could—and Should—Achieve

By Phil Lee

It’s no secret that the EU’s proposed General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) hangs in the balance. Some have even declared it dead (see here), though, to paraphrase Mark Twain, those reports are somewhat exaggerated. Nevertheless, 2014 will prove a pivotal year for privacy in the European Union: Either we’ll see some variant of the proposed regulation adopted in one form or another, or we’ll...

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Opinion

Information Pollution and the Internet of Things

By Phil Lee

Kevin Ashton, the man credited with coining the term "The Internet of Things" once said, "The Internet of Things has the potential to change the world, just as the Internet did. Maybe even more so."

This couldn't be more true. The range of potential applications for the Internet of Things, from consumer electronics to energy efficiency and from supply chain management to traffic safety, is...

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Careers

Why I Became A Privacy Professional—And What Privacy Means

By Phil Lee

Long before I became a privacy professional, I first graduated with a degree in computer science. At the time, like many graduates, I had little real notion of what it was I wanted to do with my life, so I took a couple of internships working as a database programmer. That was my first introduction to the world of data.

I quickly realized that I had little ambition to remain a career programmer,...

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Opinion

A Brave New World Demands Brave New Thinking

By Phil Lee

Much has been said in the past few weeks and months about Google Glass, Google’s latest innovation that will see it shortly launch Internet-connected glasses with a small computer display in the corner of one lens that is visible to, and voice-controlled by, the wearer. The proposed launch capabilities of the device itself are—in pure computing terms—actually relatively modest: the ability to...

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Opinion

If Google Cares About Cookie Consent, So Should You

By Phil Lee

Over the weekend, Google made a subtle—but significant—modification to its online search service in the EU: Nearly two years after Europe's deadline for EU member states to adopt national cookie consent laws, Google rolled out a cookie consent banner on its EU search sites.

If you're a visitor from the U.S., you may have missed it; the banner shows only if you visit Google sites from within the...

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