Are Consumer Privacy Ombudsmen Theatrical Performers?

John Loughnane
American Bankruptcy Institute Journal

John G. Loughnane,  a partner in the Firm’s Business Department, recently authored  Are Consumer Privacy Ombudsmen Theatrical Performers? for the February 2024 Cyber-U column of the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal.

In 2023, Loughnane served as the Court-approved Consumer Privacy Ombudsman (“CPO”) in the chapter 11 proceedings of a travel company that had requested court permission to sell certain personally identifiable information (“PII”) of consumers to strategic purchasers.

The article examines the current role of the CPO, a position created by Congress twenty years ago after  the efforts of chapter 11 debtor to sell the PII of customers in contravention of the company’s privacy policy. Loughnane examines two recent law review articles published by Judge Christopher Bradley and evaluates the recommendations offered there in light of his own recent experiences serving as a CPO in a fast -moving, hotly contested case involving thousands of consumers.

The article concludes with suggestions for  possible next steps for further evaluation and modernization of the CPO role moving forward.

This correspondence should not be construed as legal advice or legal opinion on any specific facts or circumstances. The contents are intended for general informational purposes only and you are urged to consult a lawyer concerning your own situation and legal questions.


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