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Wiley Rein's Privacy Practice Named Among the Top Firms in 2010 by Computerworld Magazine; Practice Chair Kirk Nahra Included on List of "Best Privacy Advisers"

February 10, 2011

Wiley Rein's Privacy Practice was selected as among the best privacy firms of 2010, and practice chair Kirk Nahra was singled out as one of the "best privacy advisers" by Computerworld magazine.  Firms on the list were praised by respondents for their "broad and deep expertise" and "practical advice." Mr. Nahra earned a place among the roster of best privacy practitioners based on answers to the question "which person would you consider to be the top global expert on privacy?"

In light of this year's survey results, Computerworld concluded that "regulatory compliance is still the first step to take for many companies, and the firms that were the best at assisting with this first step five years ago are still the go-to destinations for in-house privacy officers."

When asked to make predictions about the privacy arena in 2011, Mr. Nahra responded that where businesses will need the most help "is in managing the wide range of overlapping and often inconsistent laws, as well as understanding best practices across a variety of industries." He added that "it is the growing complexity and volume of these laws and regulations that's creating the compliance problems, rather than the substance of the privacy standards themselves."

Privacy professionals in large corporations and government agencies in both North America and Europe participated in the survey and could choose up to three firms as their top picks. Respondents were only allowed one pick when selecting individual privacy advisers.