American Bar Association
Cyberspace Law Committee

ABA Section of Business Law

Cyberspace Law Committee

What is the Cyberspace Law Committee?

The mission of the Cyberspace Law Committee is to provide a forum for the analysis of corporate, transactional and regulatory issues related to the internet and digital technologies.

Committee Facts
  • The Committee works in a wide range of legal disciplines including electronic commerce and contracts, consumer protection, intellectual property, cybersecurity and privacy, jurisdiction, internet governance, and online financial activities
  • The Committee seeks to identify and address legal, business, and consumer issues affected by the implementation of emerging technologies and to facilitate the creation of legal infrastructures that protect and support electronic commerce
  • The Committee provides practical tools and guidance both for practitioners who regularly deal with cyberlaw issues and for those who encounter them only occasionally

Areas of Expertise

  • Privacy, information security and cybersecurity
  • Ecommerce, online contracting and international trade
  • Electronic banking, online financial transactions, and payments
  • Intellectual property protection in the digital world
  • Mobile/telecommunications, digital media and Internet infrastructure and governance

Welcome From The Chair

Dear Cyberspace Colleagues:

It was good to see many of you-including a number of newer members-at the Business Law Section Spring Meeting in San Francisco in April.

Co-chairs from three of our subcommittees/task forces led well-attended, very interesting CLE programs on "Losing Control: Who Owns Your Devices Now that They Are Connected to the Internet," "The Right to Be Forgotten: What Your U.S.-Based Business Clients Need to Know about the EU Rule," and "Data Privacy Due Diligence in M&A Transactions." Many thanks go to John Rothchild of the Global and Connected Devices Subcommittee, David Satola and Mike Kelly of the Internet Governance Task Force, and Robert Bond of the Non-U.S. Cyber Regulations Task Force for organizing and moderating the programs. If you could not attend these - or any other - CLE programs, you can access the materials here.

We also held a full day of meetings with an hour dedicated to each of our subcommittees and task forces. At the full Cyberspace Law Committee meeting, we were privileged to have Nithan Sannappa, an attorney in the FTC's Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, join us. He shared updates and priorities related to the FTC's activities in the areas of privacy enforcement (with a focus on user interface and design) and cybersecurity (how information flows through products and their vulnerabilities). See the May 2015 newsletter for updates from each subcommittee/task force on the group's projects as discussed at the San Francisco meetings.

I encourage all of you - especially our new members - to get involved with all of our committee's projects. If you have suggestions or questions, please let me know.

Ted Claypoole, Chair

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Modified by Lois Mermelstein on May 26, 2015

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