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Mintz’s Susan L. Foster, PhD Receives Prestigious European Information Privacy Professional Certification

Susan. L Foster, PhD a Member of the Privacy & Security and Corporate & Securities Practices of Mintz, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo LLP, has been credentialed as a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E), having passed the rigorous CIPP/E exam along with the requisite Certification Foundation exam. 

The CIPP/E program is the first professional credential specific to European data protection professionals that is part of a comprehensive principles-based framework and knowledge base in information privacy. The CIPP/E encompasses pan-European and national data protection laws, the European model for privacy enforcement, key privacy terminology, and practical concepts concerning the protection of personal data and trans-border data flows.

“Sue’s knowledge of the evolving and complex privacy laws throughout Europe is an important cornerstone of our international and cross-functional team,” said Cynthia J. Larose, a Member and Chair of Mintz’s Privacy & Security Practice and a Certified Information Privacy Professional.  “New regulations under consideration by the European Union will have very real implications for European and US companies alike.”

The CIPP/E credential demonstrates a strong foundation in European privacy laws and regulations and understanding of the legal requirements for the responsible transfer of sensitive personal data to and from the U.S., the EU and other jurisdictions. Subject matter areas covered include:

•The context of European data protection law: origins, institutions and legislative framework

•Data protection concepts, principles and application, including processing criteria, obligations, data subject rights, confidentiality and security, notification requirements, international data transfers, and supervision and enforcement

•European data protection practices related to employment, surveillance, direct marketing and outsourcing

 •Internet technology and communications, including cloud computing, search engines and social networking.

In addition to advising clients on privacy issues, Ms. Foster works with clients on licensing, collaborations, and commercial matters in the fields of clean tech, high tech, mobile media, and life sciences. She has represented a broad range of clients, from start-up companies to international industry leaders, and has significant experience with cross-border transactions.

Within the life sciences industry Ms. Foster has assisted biotech, pharmaceutical, diagnostic, and medical device companies with acquisitions, licenses, collaborations, spin-offs, and agreements relating to consulting services, R&D, manufacturing, and distribution.

Within the high-tech and mobile media fields, Ms. Foster has advised clients on deals involving the sale and licensing of intellectual property rights; multi-tier distribution arrangements; OEM and value-added reseller arrangements; research, development, and consulting activities; and the provision and outsourcing of technology services. She has assisted mobile media and Internet services clients with service agreements and content licenses, including user-generated content and web-to-mobile deals.