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Message from the Chair
Legislative Updates
Spotlight on Privacy


Privacy and Cybersecurity Section Newsletter
is published quarterly by the Privacy and Cybersecurity Law Section


Natasha S. Amlani


Devon Alan Frankel
Edgar Vargas


Privacy and Cybersecurity Section Board:

Andrew B. Lachman, Chair
Jennie Wang VonCannon, First Vice Chair
Natasha S. Amlani, Second Vice Chair
Justin Thomas Yedor, Sector Vice Chairperson - Large Firm
Ryan Darren White, Sector Vice Chairperson - Small Firm
Stephanie S. Christensen, Sector Vice Chairperson - Academic/Government
Barbara Rebecca Eriksson, Sector Vice Chairperson - In-House
Edgar Vargas, Secretary
Tanya L. Forsheit, Immediate Past Chair


Message from the Chair

Andrew B. Lachman

It is our pleasure to publish the Q4 2020 LACBA Privacy & Cybersecurity Section newsletter. As we continue to build on last year’s strong leadership of our immediate past Chair, Tanya Forsheit, we have exciting events planned for the incoming year. We are also planning news updates from a diverse board of academics, government, in-house, and firm attorneys. I am proud of the great board our members elected.

For our members, or those interested in becoming members, this section values your involvement and leadership. Please be sure to participate in our mail listserv at

We still have openings in our committees: Events, Social Media Marketing, Newsletter, Legislation, and Outreach.  We also have openings for at-large positions on our Executive Committee (for those looking to get more involved).

We’ve seen so much change in the cybersecurity and privacy landscape, with the Schrems II decision in the EU, Brazil’s Lei Geral de Proteção de Dados (or LGPD), the U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission Recommendations, and the passage of California’s Proposition 24. We look forward to staying on top of it with you, and we welcome your involvement.

Andrew Lachman
Chair of the Privacy and Cybersecurity Section

Upcoming Events

Diversity and Cyber (February 16, 2021, 12:00-1:00 pm)
In an effort to promote diversity and inclusion in this practice area, the Privacy & Cybersecurity Section is presenting the experiences of a diverse group of panelists. Panelists will share how they entered the field and their challenges, and discuss ways to diversify this cutting-edge area of the law further. Stay tuned for more information!

The Rise of Ransomware (TBA)
The Privacy & Cybersecurity Section is hosting an event to discuss ransomware—the use of malicious software to deny access to computer systems until ransoms are paid—and its emergence across the U.S. and beyond. The event will discuss key areas of risk and ways organizations can protect themselves from ransomware attacks. Organization leaders and staff will benefit from this event as we discuss various topics, such as those relating to cyber risk-management and incident response. Stay tuned for more information!

Legislative Updates

2020 California Data Privacy & Security Legislation Year in Review

Spotlight on Privacy

Digital Dragnet: Geofence Warrants and their Constitutional Issues

Third-Party & Vendor Management Considerations for CPRA Compliance

Recap - Section Events

How the 2020 Elections Will Affect Privacy and Cybersecurity Regulation (December 15, 2020)
The Privacy & Cybersecurity Section hosted an event to discuss how the 2020 elections will affect privacy and cybersecurity regulation in California, U.S., and internationally. Panelists discussed the potential implications in the passage of California’s Prop 24, new leadership in the White House, and developments in the Congress that could prompt changes to post-Schrems II US-EU relations. This engaging discussion was led by Cam Kerry, Tisch Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Brookings Institution; Travis LeBlanc, partner at Cooley LLP and member of the U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board; and Lydia de la Torre, Of Counsel at Squire Patton Boggs and policy advisor at Californians for Consumer Privacy. The event’s recording will be available in January 2021 on our LACBA section page; stay tuned!

LACBA Privacy & Cybersecurity Zoom Happy Hour (November 19, 2020)
The Privacy & Cybersecurity Section hosted a virtual cocktail hour for anyone interested in having a good time! We met the members of the Section and others interested in this white-hot and cutting-edge practice area. Attorneys, students, and a judge attended this free and fun event. Look out for our next one!

LACBA Privacy & Cybersecurity Section Zoom Meeting (September 23, 2020)
The Privacy & Cybersecurity Section hosted its first mixer to introduce the Section to the incoming board members. Members, and non-members, had the opportunity to meet the incoming board; they also had the chance to chat about all things privacy and cybersecurity-related.


If you’re interested in co-hosting or planning an event with us, email our Second Vice Chair, Natasha Amlani, at



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