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Kirk Nahra Discusses ‘Cybersecurity Cases to Watch’ for Remainder of 2017

July 13, 2017

Kirk J. Nahra, chair of Wiley Rein’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice, was quoted in a July 12 Law360 article focusing on cybersecurity policy developments during the rest of 2017. In the areas of rule-making and enforcement, Law360 notes that privacy attorneys are anticipating state houses across the country will have a new focus on cybersecurity issues.

"I expect that state AGs — at least in some prominent states — will increase their activity," said Mr. Nahra. "I also expect state legislatures to fill in some gaps created by an administration and Congress that aren't likely to do much on privacy and security generally."

On the federal level, the article notes that because the administration is pushing deregulation, attorneys don’t anticipate much activity in the areas of privacy and cybersecurity, but they will look for any developments that have national impact.

"I’m watching whether the administration will change in significant ways the enforcement approach on various privacy laws," said Mr. Nahra. While changes might not be readily noticeable, "there easily could be less enforcement as a result of budget and staff cuts," he said.