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Privacy and Data Security Developments: Latin America


Speaker(s): Laura Juanes Micas, Miriam H. Wugmeister
Recorded on: Sep. 24, 2019
PLI Program #: 285307

Few lawyers in the world have Miriam’s breadth and understanding of privacy and data security laws, obligations, and practices. In the words of her clients, she is “extremely practical and phenomenally smart. Just about one of the best privacy advisers there is” (Chambers USA). Co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s preeminent Global Privacy and Data Security Group and ranked among the top in the profession by all major directories, Miriam is regularly called upon by some of the world’s largest and most complex multinational organizations to confront their most difficult U.S. and international privacy challenges.

Having helped hundreds of clients respond to data security incidents, Miriam works with companies to develop comprehensive customized incident response plans, training staff, conducting extensive table top exercises, and addressing key issues with Boards of Directors and executive management.

Miriam advises organizations on the planning and execution of complex global compliance efforts, assists in the negotiation of strategic deals, and defends regulatory and litigation matters relating to privacy and data security in the United States and internationally. She serves as an arbitrator for the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework Binding Arbitration Program. Miriam regularly advises on the global collection, use, and sharing of employee, customer, vendor, and consumer personal information and ediscovery and employee monitoring issues, as well as on developing data security policies and procedures and cybersecurity preparedness and response plans. She also counsels clients on cutting-edge consumer privacy issues surrounding emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), telematics, and big data.

Chambers USA and Chambers Global recommend Miriam in the top tier of privacy and data security lawyers worldwide, and Legal 500 US recognizes her as a leading lawyer for her “professionalism and strong international presence.” For her work in data protection and privacy, Miriam is an inaugural inductee into the 2017 Legal 500 Hall of Fame, which is comprised of outstanding U.S. lawyers who have been recommended as Legal 500 “Leading Lawyers” for the last six consecutive years. In 2016, she was named one of Financial Times’ “Top 10 Innovative Lawyers in North America” and a National Law Journal “Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Trailblazer” for her breakthrough work in this space.  Miriam was previously designated an Ethisphere “Attorney Who Matters” and a BTI Client Service All-Star, and she has been featured in Best Lawyers in America every year since 2008.


Laura Juanes is a multilingual law, policy and privacy expert in the technology industry. She currently serves as Global Director of Privacy Policy Engagement at Facebook Inc. 

Laura is a Spanish qualified lawyer, based in the United States, with more than fifteen years of professional experience in technology and media companies. In her role at Facebook, she leads a global team that regularly engages with regulators, policymakers, experts and advocates in order to inform on key privacy issues that impact how individuals use or relate to Facebook’s technology daily. Prior to joining Facebook, she served as an Assistant General Counsel, Privacy & Human Rights, at Yahoo Inc., where she led the legal and public policy team’s efforts on global privacy matters and the company’s Business and Human Rights Program.

Before assuming her AGC role at Yahoo, Laura held various positions, including as General Counsel at Yahoo Spain and as Director of Product Compliance and Law Enforcement response for the Americas. Laura is a law graduate of the Universidad Auto´noma de Madrid, where she worked as a lawyer before joining Yahoo.

Laura holds U.S. and EU Certifications for International Privacy Professionals (CIPP). She serves on the Advisory Board of the Information Accountability Foundation and chairs the Latin America chapter of the Centre for Information Policy Leadership. She is a mentor of startups and entrepreneurs in South Florida and Latin America and a proud Board and founder Member of Woman in Tech Miami Council, with a mission to connect and empower women with diverse technological backgrounds.