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The MSBA's Computer & Technology Law Section Presents:


"Encoding Privacy: Does the FTC Think Code Can Be Law?"

More policymakers and technologists are gravitating toward the notion of “privacy by design” as a response to concerns about collection and use of personal information. This model seeks to embed privacy in the interfaces we use – and can include a role for traditional regulators encouraging or requiring architecture that protects privacy.

In this presentation, University of Minnesota law professor William McGeveran will first discuss the theoretical evolution of the “privacy by design” concept. He will then present a case study concerning “frictionless sharing” of individuals’ reading and viewing choices between platforms like Netflix or the Washington Post and social networks like Facebook. He suggests a simple design principle (which he calls the “law of friction”) that maximizes the benefits of these open information flows while also reducing the risk of accidental disclosures that can erode privacy. And he looks at recent strong indications that the Federal Trade Commission is interested in using privacy by design as a regulatory tool.


William McGeveran , University of Minnesota Law School
William McGeveran is Associate Professor and Lampert Fesler Research Fellow at the University of Minnesota Law School, where he chairs the new Intellectual Property and Technology Concentration. Professor McGeveran teaches a regular course in Data Privacy as well as Trademarks, Internet Law, Civil Procedure, and Law in Practice. He has written law review articles on topics ranging from social media to the privacy dimensions of political contribution disclosure rules, and he has lectured, spoken in the media, and testified before policymakers about privacy topics. In fall 2012 he was a residential fellow at the University of Minnesota’s interdisciplinary Institute for Advanced Study. Before starting at the Law School in 2006, Professor McGeveran was a resident fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Previously he was a litigator at the Boston law firm Foley Hoag; a clerk for Judge Sandra Lynch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit; and a legislative aide in the U.S. House of Representatives. Professor McGeveran received his J.D. magna cum laude from New York University School of Law and his B.A. magna cum laude from Carleton College. He posts to Twitter as @BillMcGev.

1 hour of Standard CLE credit applied for
Event Code: 179079


2013-2014 Section Council Elections:

The 2013-2014 slate of Officers and Council members for the Computer & Technology Law Section as recommended and nominated by the Elections Committee is available here. Please either vote for the slate in its entirety or, alternatively, vote for your choice of candidates or write-in the name of other candidates on the lines provided. Please bring your completed ballot to the Annual Meeting on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. If you will not be attending the Annual Meeting, please follow the ballot instructions below.

Ballot instructions for those NOT attending the Annual Meeting:

Place scan and email your ballot to Tram Nguyen at or fax it to her attention at 612-333-4927. If you wish to send a secret ballot, place your ballot into an unmarked envelope and place it into another envelope addressed to Tram Nguyen c/o MSBA, 600 Nicollet Mall, #380, Minneapolis, MN 55402 by Monday, May 13, 2013.




Date:   Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Time:    5:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Social Hour
6:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. - Annual Meeting
6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. - CLE Program

Location:   Dorsey & Whitney, LLP
50 South Sixth Street, Suite 1500
Minneapolis, MN 55402


Section Members:  Free
MSBA Members (But Not Computer & Technology Law Section Members):  $15.00
Non-MSBA Members:  $35.00
Law Students:  Free

Teleconferencing is available. Please indicate this option under the "Teleconferencing and Dietary" link when you register or contact Tram Nguyen by May 12. Teleconferencing information will be emailed on May 13.

Cancellation Policy:

Refunds will be processed for cancellation requests received in writing on or before noon on the registration deadline. Requests should be directed to the event contact person listed at the bottom of this notice. Cancellation requests received after this time are not eligible for refunds. You may send a colleague in your place if you are unable to join us and the registration deadline has passed.

Requests for an exception to this policy should be directed to Nicole Battles, Section Services Director, by e-mail or at (612) 278-6336.