Harry A. Valetk is Of Counsel in the International Commercial Practice Group in the New York office, advising global organizations on privacy and data security compliance requirements. He regularly supports companies in the insurance and financial services sector, retail, pharmaceutical/ healthcare, transportation/ logistics, hospitality, defense, social media, cloud technology, and manufacturing industries. His practice is focused on delivering commercially practical advice on designing security, privacy, and technologically compliant solutions. Harry's practice routinely covers issues that range from supporting M&A transactions that result in cross-border data transfers, to digital marketing, regulatory enforcement defense, and cyber security and data breach incident response. He also helps clients perform privacy risk assessments for EU-US Privacy Shield certifications, and works with highly-regulated entities on numerous data protection topics, including HIPAA, GLBA, FERPA, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
Harry puts on an insider’s perspective when advising his clients having worked in-house as Director of MetLife’s Global Privacy Office in New York for almost seven years. In that role, he supported business lines in more than 60 countries to protect the personal data of over 90 million MetLife customers. Additionally, he led numerous strategic efforts to build out a global Privacy Risk Framework, achieve global compliance with applicable data privacy laws, deploy cross-border data transfer solutions, implement global training and awareness initiatives, and manage data and cyber security incidents. Before MetLife, Harry led the video game publishing industry’s privacy compliance efforts as the Director of Privacy Online for the Entertainment Software Rating Board and its COPPA Safe Harbor Seal Program. Finally, Harry served as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division.