Interactive Counsel

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Interactive Counsel

Donna McPartland

Donna McPartland
Washington, DC

Donna McPartland is counsel in Arent Fox’s Privacy, Cybersecurity & Data Protection group. At the core of her practice, she draws from nearly 20 years of experience in the testing, higher education, and nonprofit industries.

Donna works with a variety of clients on their global data privacy and information security issues, developing privacy programs, advising on cross border data transfers, developing privacy policies, privacy impact assessments, data governance programs, navigating information security standards, and addressing issues in advanced technologies, including biometrics. Donna also advises nonprofits on their general counsel and transactional matters. Donna has significant in-house experience that clients can rely on to help them with their privacy and security matters.

Client Work

Donna counsels clients on complex global data issues that cross industries, technologies, and borders.

In addition to evaluating and advising on global privacy programs, compliance, and cross-border data transfers, Donna advises clients on European Union data protection laws including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and has directly interacted with data protection authorities (DPAs) in a variety of Member States. Donna has also worked with clients on their data privacy programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Donna regularly assists clients with privacy and security requirements and audits, including Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs), data governance programs, privacy policies, and information security governance and relevant frameworks including NIST, ISO, and SOC standards.

Donna previously served as the Chief Privacy Official and Director of Compliance at the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), the nonprofit owner of GMAT exam with testing in over 115 countries. Donna’s experience also includes PBS, America Online, and a large international law firm.

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Blog Posts by Donna McPartland

Privacy & Security
SEC Enforcement Division Creates Cyber Unit to Pursue Data Security Cases

Last month, the SEC announced the creation of a new “Cyber Unit” within the Enforcement Division to target misconduct related to cybersecurity. The unit is being created in conjunction with internal SEC initiatives to strengthen cybersecurity in the wake of the agency’s infamous data breach last year.

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Privacy & Security
Shutterfly Biometric Privacy Face Off Gets Go-Ahead

The latest question in privacy law is not what’s in a name (or IP address, PHI, TV viewing activity, etc.), but what’s on a face. Consumers are becoming increasingly concerned with how companies are using their biometric information such as facial, fingerprint, and iris information. In one closely watched case, photo sharing website Shutterfly faces allegations that it violated consumer privacy by collecting facial scans without consent.

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