Tonkon Torp information privacy attorney Parna Mehrbani was a co-presenter at a recent educational event hosted by the Oregon chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC Oregon) and Exterro, an e-discovery software company. Mehrbani and her co-presenters spoke to the audience of corporate counsel attorneys on the role of legal departments in this era of growing data risks.
The presentation was centered around the results of a recent survey of 892 General Counsel and Chief Legal Officers across 20 industries and 35 countries. Key takeaways from the survey found that cybersecurity, regulatory compliance, and data privacy were they most important legal issues facing the businesses and counsel that participated in the survey.
For her part, Parna gave an update on state privacy laws, a brief update on regulatory enforcement, and emphasized that companies to which privacy regulations may apply should do a thorough inventory of the information collected by their company. Even companies that don’t consciously collect user data may be passively doing so through their website and other electronic interfaces. The presentation wrapped up with a discussion on trends in AI, which are creating new risks for data breaches and privacy violations.
Parna Mehrbani is a partner at Tonkon Torp and is Co-Chair of its Intellectual Property and Information Privacy & Security practice groups. Her practice is focused on intellectual property, trademark registration and enforcement, and advising and litigating trademark portfolios for local, national, and international companies at all stages of growth. She also regularly advises businesses on the management and security of personal data and the laws that regulate the collection, use, and protection of personal data.