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Schrems II - Dealing with the Fallout - An ITechLaw Data Protection Law and In-House Counsel Committee Hosted Roundtable Discussion

September 2, 2020

In July 2020, after years of speculation, the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union in the Schrems II case made headlines by invalidating the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield program and calling into question other mechanisms that validate international data transfers. After the initial shock about this decision, it is time to consider what the practical solutions are for ITechLaw members’ corporate clients to keep personal data flowing internationally.  This panel, composed of experts on applicable European Union, United Kingdom and United States data protection laws and regulations will dissect the decision and the subsequent steps that governments, regulators and clients are taking to address compliance.  Through an informal conversation, the panelists will draw upon their experiences advising their clients and share their respective opinions on how ITechLaw members might counsel their own clients.


Eugene Weitz, DXC Technology Managed Legal Solutions, United States, Moderator
Eugene Weitz is currently Managing Counsel with DXC Technology’s Managed Legal Solutions providing strategic guidance regarding global cybersecurity and digital transformation.  Prior to DXC, Eugene provided legal guidance on all aspects of Data Protection at DLA Piper as an independent attorney. Eugene also has served as General Counsel, Americas at SAI Global, Deputy General Counsel at Computer Sciences Corporation, Alcatel Lucent and Atos as General Counsel, responsible for North American and Asia-Pacific.



Ian De Freitas, Farrer & Co, United Kingdom
Ian De Freitas is a Partner with Farrer & Co. He has advised on a wide range of data privacy matters from compliance, regulatory investigations, and litigation perspectives. Ian has led projects establishing international data transfer mechanisms, in particular for clients in the technology, financial services, and professional services sectors.  He represented a client involved in one of the leading UK cases on unlawful sharing of personal data which encompassed dealing with an investigation by the Information Commissioner, appearing at a  Parliamentary Inquiry and defending Group litigation by the affected individuals.  


Miriam Farhi, Perkins Coie LLP, Italy
Miriam Farhi is a Partner at Perkins Coie LLP. She advises clients on issues relating to privacy and data security and regularly assists companies in developing data governance programs that comply with US and international privacy laws, such as the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Miriam also has extensive experience negotiating commercial agreements that involve the transfer of personal data.


Leo Moore, William Fry, Ireland
Leo Moore is a partner at William Fry. For nearly 2 decades he has advised domestic and multi-national companies including leading technology companies, across the full spectrum of data protection and cybersecurity matters. He has extensive experience in advising on GDPR readiness and strategic governance programs, defence of prosecutions by the Data Protection Commission, and advising on data protection in commercial, technology, and outsourcing contracts.