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Legal Issues of Online Identity Management: The New Challenge for e-Commerce and Cybersecurity

Speaker(s): Thomas J. Smedinghoff
Recorded on: Aug. 10, 2016
PLI Program #: 188673

Thomas J. Smedinghoff is Of Counsel in the Privacy & Cybersecurity practice group in the Chicago office of Locke Lord LLP.  Named as a Top 50 Intellectual Property Trailblazer and Pioneer by the National ?Law ?Journal, he is internationally recognized for his leadership in addressing emerging legal issues regarding electronic transactions, identity management, information security, and online authentication issues from both a transactional and public policy perspective. He has been retained to structure and implement first-of-their-kind ?e-commerce ?initiatives, electronic transactions, and identity management and ?information ?security legal infrastructures for the federal government and national and ??international businesses including banks, insurance companies, investment ??companies, and certification authorities.  He has also been actively involved in ??developing legislation and public policy in the area of electronic business and identity ?management at the state, ?national, and international levels. ?

He is Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Identity Management Legal Task Force, and previously Co-Chair of the ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force, and Co-Chair of the Cybersecurity Subcommittee in the ABA Business Law Section. He is also an advisor to the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), and in that capacity he helped to negotiate the international e-commerce treaty known as the United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts. He is currently working with UNCITRAL to develop international legal rules to govern electronic identity management issues. He also served as an Advisor to the Uniform Law Commission Study Committee on Identity Management in Electronic Commerce.        

Tom is co-editor and contributing author of the Guide to Cybersecurity Due Diligence in M&A Transactions (ABA, 2017), and a contributing author to the 1st and 2nd editions of The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook - A Resource for Attorneys, Law Firms & Business Professionals (ABA, 2013 and 2018).  He is also the author of the book titled Information Security Law: The Emerging Standard for Corporate Compliance, (2008), and editor and primary author of the e-commerce book titled Online Law: The Legal Guide to Doing Business on the Internet (1996). He can be reached at