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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, privacy, cybersecurity, 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. ‎

Tom is currently Co-‎Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Cybersecurity Legal Task Force, as well as Chair of the Identity Management Legal Task Force and Co-Chair of the Cybersecurity ‎Subcommittee in the ABA Business Law Section. Previously he also served as chair of ABA Section of Science & Technology Law, as well as chair of its Electronic ‎Commerce Division. He also served as chair of the Illinois Commission on Electronic Commerce and Crime, and as an ABA Advisor to the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) Study ‎Committee on Identity Management in Electronic Commerce and the ULC Drafting Committee on the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act.

Tom 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 is 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), and co-editor and contributing author of the Guide To Cybersecurity Due Diligence In M&A ‎Transactions (ABA, 2017).  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