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Megan Brown Co-Authors National Security Institute’s New Law and Policy Paper on ‘Privacy Regulation and Unintended Consequences for Security’

August 14, 2019

Washington, DCMegan L. Brown, partner in Wiley Rein’s National Security, Privacy, Cyber & Data Governance, and Telecom, Media & Technology practices, co-authored a new law and policy paper published today by the National Security Institute (NSI) at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School. The paper is co-authored with NSI Visiting Fellow James B. Burchfield.

The paper addresses:

  • The federal urgency to act in response to public concern and the rapid global and domestic expansion of comprehensive privacy regulation.
  • Implications privacy regulation can have for data protection and beneficial security activities.
  • The argument that artificial intelligence (AI), biometrics, and certain data categories are all critical to security innovations and activities and must be protected in privacy regulation.
  • Actionable recommendations to ensure privacy regulation appropriately balances individual rights with security.

The paper is available here. The NSI press release can be found here.

Ms. Brown – who served in the U.S. Department of Justice as Counsel to two U.S. Attorneys General is an NSI Senior Fellow and Associate Director for Cybersecurity Programs. She regularly speaks and writes on security and privacy, and previously published Cyber Imperative: Preserve and Strengthen Public-Private Partnerships for NSI. Additionally, she is co-author of a pivotal IoT Security Report published by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the U.S. Chamber’s Cybersecurity Leadership Council and is on the Board of the Women’s High-Tech Coalition.  Ms. Brown frequently speaks on law and policy affecting the technology sector, including emerging privacy and security regulation.

Wiley Rein assists clients on a broad range of cutting edge privacy and security issues, including compliance with California’s new laws and evolving federal and global expectations.  The firm’s Privacy, Cyber & Data Governance Practice provides clients with a thorough understanding of the current and potential obligations and risks that are associated with privacy, data security, and cybersecurity, along with a comprehensive range of compliance and strategic advice, from advice for Boards and senior management to managing government investigations into security incidents. Wiley Rein covers emerging technology and security trends at our blog,, where we also host regular podcasts on technology law and policy, including cybersecurity.

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