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The New California Privacy Rights and Enforcement Act

Speaker(s): Blaze D. Waleski, William A. Tanenbaum
Recorded on: Jan. 29, 2021
PLI Program #: 319007

Blaze D. Waleski is Of Counsel to Moses & Singer and devotes the majority of his time to privacy, data protection and technology, particularly in the financial and healthcare sectors.

Before joining Moses & Singer, Blaze served as in-house counsel to the leading global information, consumer measurement and television ratings company, working on cutting edge issues in digital media, ad-tech, measurement and data analytics. Before that, he served as in-house counsel to one of the largest global financial institutions, concentrating on information technology (IT) and commercial matters in the financial sector. In private practice, he worked with two of the most prestigious and well-recognized global firms as their lead privacy and technology counsel.

Blaze co-authored the first legal treatise on privacy entitled 'Privacy Law,' published by Law Journal Press, a subsidiary of American Lawyer Media, which is updated biannually and is now in its 25th edition. He has also lectured and published other materials on information security, data privacy and technology, including the publication 'The Legal Implications of Information Security: Regulatory Compliance and Liability Handbook of Information Security,' distributed by Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Blaze's experience includes counseling on compliance with data protection laws and industry self-regulation; drafting and negotiating commercial and technology contracts and outsourcing arrangements; and structuring and implementing technology transfers through licensing, services and acquisitions, and advising on data privacy matters in M&A activities.

His work in privacy includes cross border data transfers; regulatory compliance in financial and health privacy; data collection, use and sharing practices, particularly in online and mobile environments; interest based advertising; developing and updating client-facing privacy notices; developing and implementing internal data privacy and information security policies, and advising on company assessments and audits; addressing data security breaches; and privacy by design in digital technologies and mobile app and website development.

His work in technology includes patent, copyright and trademark licensing; software, content, data and financial index licensing; cloud-based solutions and SaaS/PaaS/IaaS arrangements; equipment and hardware procurement; telecom agreements; and IT services, including networking, data centers, systems design and integration, contingency planning and technology escrows. He also handles monetization of IP and technology assets, research and development projects and BPO/ITO/KPO outsourcing.

Blaze has diverse industry background in financial services, life sciences, pharma/biotech, healthcare, data and information services, computer software, telecom, publishing, media and entertainment, theme parks, automotive, energy and gas, consumer products and retail, among other fields. He has counseled Fortune 100, global, and middle market clients in a variety of matters, ranging from multi-billion dollar acquisitions to domain name registrations.

William A. Tanenbaum is ranked in top tiers by Chambers: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and in its Global Edition, Who's Who Legal, and Best Lawyers in America in technology, outsourcing, IP, AI and Data Law and recognized for his strength in healthcare technology.  He works closely with clients to bring actionable, industry-informed solutions to their business needs.

Bill has “expertise in technology transactions that puts him at the very top of the market” (Who's Who Legal) and "his technology approach and understanding of healthcare - his domain expertise - is a winning combination.” (Chambers)  According to Chambers, Bill “brings extremely high integrity, a deep intellect, fearlessness and a practical, real-world mindset to every problem.”  Bill is recognized as one of the “leading names” in AI and as a “go-to expert [on] data.” (Who's Who Legal/Global Data Review)  He was named as the “Lawyer of the Year” in IT in New York in 2013 by US News & World Report and one of the Top 30 IT lawyers in the U.S. (Best of the Best/Expert Legal Guide), and as one of the “IAM Strategy 300 - The World's Leading IP Strategists,” as an “IP Star” and as a “Life Sciences Star.” (Managing IP; LMG Life Sciences) Bill was President of the International Technology Association and is the Contributing Editor of the International Comparative Legal Guide to Digital Health 2020

Chambers also finds that Bill has a “solid national reputation,” “is a “prominent figure in technology and outsourcing,” “provides savvy representation,” and “uses his expertise to help [clients] successfully navigate negotiations.”  Bill also “has strong litigation experience” with patent victories in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Who's Who Legal).  He was appointed by peer review to the “List of the World’s Leading Neutrals [Arbitrators]” and is Board Member of the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center.  He is also a past Vice President of the Society for Information Management, an  industry CIO association (New York Chapter). 

Prior to joining Moses & Singer, Bill was the Chair of IP and Technology Transactions at a Wall Street firm, a partner in an international IP firm, and the Practice Co-Chair of Healthcare Technology Transactions at an Am Law 100 firm.