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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.  His practice focuses on the developing field of information law and electronic business activities, and he has been actively involved in developing e-business, e-signature, identity management, and data security legal policy both in the U.S. and globally. 

He currently serves as a member of the ABA’s Cybersecurity Legal Task Force, and is Chair of the Identity Management Legal Task Force and Co-Chair of the Cybersecurity Subcommittee in the Business Law Section’s Cyberspace Committee. 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 Contract. He is currently working with UNCITRAL to address international electronic identity management issues. He also serves 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