Rosa Barcelo Joins Squire Patton Boggs Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice in Brussels

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    Squire Patton Boggs is pleased to announce that Rosa Barcelo has joined the firm as deputy co-chair of the Data Privacy & Cybersecurity (DPC) Practice Group in the Brussels office. Most recently, Ms. Barcelo served as deputy head of the Cybersecurity and Digital Privacy Unit of DG CNECT in the European Commission.

    “Rosa has acquired a distinguished career as one of the most prominent data protection and cybersecurity experts in the European Union. We have invested heavily in building a leading practice in this area and Rosa’s addition is another significant step for us,” said Brian Hartnett, office managing partner of the Squire Patton Boggs Brussels office.

    Ms. Barcelo will advise clients on the full range of issues involving compliance with the GDPR, the ePrivacy Directive and national implementing laws. This includes supporting clients in a number of critical areas, for example:

    • Strategic planning and support in carrying out data protection impact assessments (DPIAs) in regard to advanced digital products and services, including machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), autonomous vehicles and other cutting-edge issues
    • Compliance with data protection and e-privacy rules affecting mobile and online marketing services, geolocation tracking, programmatic advertising and other online activities
    • Acting for clients before national supervisory authorities in complaint proceedings, DPIA consultations, data breach investigations and penalty assessment proceedings, as well as consultations before the European Data Protection Board
    • Devising efficient strategies for legitimizing global data flows, including Binding Corporate Rules
    • Advising foreign governments on the negotiation of adequacy decisions under the GDPR
    • Assisting clients in navigating the new procedures for certification and codes of conduct under the GDPR

    Ann LaFrance, European co-chair of the Squire Patton Boggs global DPC Practice, added: “We are absolutely delighted to have Rosa joining us at this juncture. These are challenging times for clients trying to meet the demands of the Digital Age while seeking to comply with the new EU data protection rules. As we prepare for the first wave of GDPR enforcement actions and the expected adoption of the proposed ePrivacy Regulation, our DPC team is well-positioned to act for clients across an array of complex, high-risk areas. Rosa’s experience, perspective and deep understanding of the critical issues across the spectrum in this rapidly evolving field will provide our team with strong leadership for the future and deliver valuable counsel and insights to our clients.”

    Ms. Barcelo commented: “Having interacted with senior members of the firm’s DPC team for many years, I am pleased to be joining an international law firm with such a well-established reputation in the EU and globally in the areas of data protection, e-privacy and cybersecurity, as well as telecoms regulation and technology law. I have greatly valued my years working with the European Commission, but I am now keen to rejoin private practice so that I can make a positive contribution to the development of workable solutions for industry in terms of both compliance and regulatory strategy.”

    In the Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CNECT), Ms. Barcelo led the team responsible for the European Commission’s digital privacy and cybersecurity initiatives, including review of the ePrivacy Directive, personal data breach notifications and security aspects of the EU Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive, among others.

    She was formerly a legal adviser for both the European Data Protection Supervisor, as well as for the Commission’s Data Protection Unit. In these roles, she has worked closely with national data protection authorities participating in the former Article 29 Working Party (now the European Data Protection Board). She began her career in private practice, where she advised clients on European privacy and data protection, electronic commerce and technology law.

    Ms. Barcelo also worked in academia at the University of Namur and University of Balearic Islands. She obtained her doctorate in law on electronic contracts and digital signatures. She is a recognized speaker on European digital privacy issues, most recently presenting at the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ Data Protection Congress 2017 on the General Data Protection Regulation and proposed ePrivacy Regulation.

    Over the past 18 months, Squire Patton Boggs has prioritized the expansion of its international client service capabilities in the data privacy and cybersecurity space with a number of notable international hires.

    • Robin Campbell and Elliot Golding joined in Washington DC from Crowell & Moring; Ms. Campbell co-chairs the firm’s global Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice
    • Monika Kuschewsky joined the firm’s Brussels office from Covington & Burling as a partner
    • Tony Scott, former Federal Chief Information Officer for the US government under President Obama, joined the firm’s Washington DC and San Francisco offices; he was previously CIO/CTO in the private sector at VMWare, Microsoft, Disney and General Motors
    • Tara Swaminatha, a former federal prosecutor in the Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section at the Department of Justice (DOJ), joined from DLA Piper in Washington DC
    • Scott Warren, former general counsel for Sega and senior attorney at Microsoft Japan, joined the firm’s Tokyo office
    • Matt Yarbrough, former Assistant US Attorney in the Northern District of Texas and cybersecurity litigation pioneer, joined the firm in Dallas

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