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EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) -- What is Ahead for U.S. Companies?

Speaker(s): Dyann Heward-Mills, Lothar Determann
Recorded on: Mar. 1, 2016
PLI Program #: 174487

Dyann Heward-Mills is a UK-qualified barrister in Baker & McKenzie's London office. She focuses her practice on privacy, data protection and data security law, with particular emphasis on cybersecurity matters. Prior to joining the Firm, she acted as senior privacy counsel to GE Capital, where she provided global support and advice on matters pertaining to privacy and data protection. Dyann is a non-executive board member for a technology start-up business that has developed an innovative data analytics tool to track and monitor the performance of recruitment activities. She is active in the Firm's BakerWomen and BakerEthnicity initiatives, and supports School-Aid, a charity that promotes the advancement of education in disadvantaged schools and communities in Africa.

Practice Focus

Dyann's main areas of focus include cyber security, binding corporate rules (BCRs), international data transfers, data breach, data protection audits, compliance frameworks, information governance and cloud computing. Other areas of focus include regulatory approvals, employee privacy, as well as technology roll-outs, direct marketing and Big Data initiatives.

Representative Legal Matters

Prior to joining the Firm, Dyann has been involved in a broad range of matters. In particular, she:

  • Advised on the structure and implementation of projects with a personal data impact, such as BCR, data loss prevention, AML compliance, employee screening, HR processing Big Data, bring your own device (BYOD) as well as cloud computing, new system roll outs and social media initiatives.
  • Counseled on regulatory clearances and approvals, including registrations, filings and notifications.
  • Pursued effective cross-functional engagement with compliance, IT, security, HR, marketing, sourcing and regulatory affairs.
  • Advocated on data protection by participating in industry groups and drafting position papers for submission to governments and regulators.
  • Established an information governance framework and privacy programme.
  • Advised on cyber threats and vulnerabilities as well as privacy breaches.
  • Drafted and implemented privacy policies and data protection agreements including intergovernmental agreements (IGA) and model clauses.
  • Carried out privacy impact assessments on new tools, products and initiatives.
  • Delivered generic and specialist training, education and awareness programmes.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Volunteer, School-Aid, 5 years


England & Wales (2001)

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Lothar Determann practices and teaches international data privacy, technology, commercial and intellectual property law.

At Baker McKenzie in San Francisco and Palo Alto, he has been counseling companies since 1998 on data privacy law compliance and taking products and business models international. Admitted to practice in California and Germany, he has been recognized as one of the top 10 Copyright At-torneys and Top 25 Intellectual Property Attorneys in California by the San Francisco & Los An-geles Daily Journal and as a leading lawyer by Chambers, Legal 500, IAM and others. For more information see Contact:

Prof. Dr. Determann has been a member of the Association of German Public Law Professors since 1999 and teaches Data Privacy Law, Computer Law and Internet Law at Freie Universität Berlin (since 1994), University of California, Berkeley School of Law (since 2004), Hastings Col-lege of the Law (since 2010), Stanford Law School (2011) and University of San Francisco School of Law (2000-2005). He has authored more than 150 articles and treatise contributions as well as 5 books, including Determann’s Field Guide to Data Privacy Law (4th Edition, 2020, also available in Chinese, German, Hungarian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish) and Cali-fornia Privacy Law - Practical Guide and Commentary on U.S. Federal and California Law (4th Ed. 2020).

Recent papers include Healthy Data Protection (, Electronic Form over Substance (, No One Owns Data (