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Kirk Nahra Discusses Key Privacy Regulators

November 30, 2015

Kirk J. Nahra, chair of Wiley Rein’s Privacy Practice and co-chair of the Health Care Practice, was quoted by Law360 in a November 25 article, discussing influential federal and state officials from agencies that companies should pay special attention to when dealing with data security and privacy issues.

“You want to know the people who matter on policy and enforcement, the people who will drive the conversation and that can define how the issues will be addressed by their agencies,” said Mr. Nahra. The key regulators mentioned in the article include Deven McGraw, Deputy Director for Health Information Privacy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights.

Commenting on Ms. McGraw’s role in particular, Mr. Nahra said, “Deven is one of the most knowledgeable people in the overall health privacy field, and understands how the industry operates, how health care works, what matters to patients in their health care—and not just for privacy—and then knows how the rules should work. She will be a tremendous asset to the leadership there, which is very good but came to the position without a lot of background on HIPAA or the health care industry.”

In addition to the officials highlighted in the article, Mr. Nahra said he also pays “particular attention” to FTC Commissioner Julie Brill, whom he called “an advocate and a thought leader without being a doctrinaire representative of any particular party or political affiliation.” He added that “she’s very good at driving the conversation in privacy on a variety of important topics,” he added.

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