Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Tampa Approacheth

Candace Jones, Chair of the Committee, reminds us all that the Tampa Spring Meeting of the Business Section is nearly upon us. The Committee's summary of Tampa activities is posted here.

A few highlights:

If you have not yet downloaded the full schedule (for the entire Section), you can get it here.

The Cyberspace Committee is sponsoring, co-sponsoring, or has members actively participating in a number of programs.

Issues Facing Physician Joint Ventures
Thursday, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Presented by Health and Biotechnology Committee
Peter McLaughlin, co-chair of the Privacy, Security and Data Management Subcommittee, will speak regarding information technology in health care organizations.

A New Technology Wrinkle in M&A Practice: Open Source and Free Software
Thursday, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Presented by the Cyberspace Intellectual Property Subcommittee
Co-sponsored by the Intellectual Property Committee
What is open source software? Why should business lawyers care? Open source and free software adds new wrinkles to acquisitions. The panelists will explain open source and free software and offer some practical guidance for evaluating issues associated with its use. The presentation will include tips for due diligence, questions to help better analyze the risks presented by open source and free software and technology to assist in due diligence and analysis of open source issues.

Committee Forum: Hot Topics in Cyberspace Law
Friday, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Presented in conjunction with the Cyberspace Committee meeting
Cyberspace experts will discuss recent developments in the law related to the Internet and ecommerce. The hot topics for Spring 2006 include disputes about malware masquerading as digital rights management software, on-line libraries, the continuing effect of certain federal privacy regulations on lawyers, and confidentiality of domain name registrant information.
*Note: The Committee Forum will begin during the time scheduled for the Committee meeting.

The Frederick Fisher Memorial Program – Consumer Privacy and Information Security: Does the Risk of Security Breaches Justify the Burden of Additional Safeguards?
Friday, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Presented by the Consumer Financial Services Committee
Co-sponsored by the Committees on Banking Law and Cyberspace and the Conference on Consumer Finance Law
The program will feature a lively debate by panelists representing opposing perspectives on such issues as who owns and has the right to control consumer data, when and how should consumers be notified about security breaches and whether this area of law is ripe for federal legislation and pre-emption.

Model Data Breach Notification Procedure and Payment Card Industry Information Security Standards
Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Presented by the Technology Committee
Co-sponsored by Cyberspace and the Consumer Financial Services Committee
Client calls with bad breach of personal data held by the client. Includes credit card data. Wants to know immediately and specifically: What to do generally? What’s my notification obligation? What should I have done to protect the data? An expert panel covers a model procedure and the PCI Information Security Standards.

21st Century Risks and Age-Old Insurance Clauses: Negotiating Insurance Provisions in IT Contracts
Saturday, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Presented by the Subcommittee on Corporate Aspects of Information Technology
There is a clear need for companies to better understand and manage their exposures to cyber risk. This program focuses on what new risks are likely to arise, how traditional insurance falls short, what new insurance products are covering the gaps, and how to draft insurance provisions in cyber contracts.

Finally -- Remember that dinner reservations are due on March 17! Dinner will be Saturday evening, April 8, at The Columbia Restaurant, a well reviewed place in the Ybor City area of Tampa (a streetcar ride away from the meeting site). The Columbia Restaurant is located at 2117 E 7th Ave., and dinner begins at 7:00 p.m. Seating is limited. Reservations are to be made through the ABA’s meeting registration site.

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